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: 2078 days ago
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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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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