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Q: Does anyone know if baby turtles shells are supposed to be soft until they get older?

July 28, 2008 | By Albert G. | 4 answers | Expired: 2081 days ago

Albert G.

My boyfriend and I have a red eared slider, and hes maybe a little bit over an inch and the sides of his shell are soft, we are givinh him vitamin c and he has a UV light, and we are waiting to see if it will get harder...

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Lucas
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Jul 28, 2008

Your turtle is lacking in either calcium or Vitamin A. Make sure it has access to a proper diet and full spectrum uva/uvb lighting. I can't tell you the proper diet however, since you didn't specify the type of turtle you have.---Wikianswers.

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Sourdoughsteve
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Jul 28, 2008

A lady I used to work with's son loves turtles. He tells me they are sort of soft early on just like a human baby's head.

He swears it will harden up on it's own.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 28, 2008

No, they are not supposed to be soft. They are lacking vital dietary supplements. Are you supplementing calcium? You say they have a UVB light. How large is the tank?

How old are the turtles? I have had RES since hatchlings and their shells were never soft enough to warrant worry. They were certainly never as soft like the soft spot on a baby's head, but they aren't nearly as hard as a land tortoise's shell either.

Use your best judgment, do research and ask experts on reptile forums or reptile websites/groups to make sure you are providing adequate care for it, and also I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the vet to ensure it is in good health, because even the most well-taken care of animals may fall sick sometimes.

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