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Post Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:11 am   Shell problems?

Hi! I have a male rescued RES with shell deformities ever since we got him, unsure of his age but he's been with us for 12 years. He's been this size ever since and has been through 1-2 sheds (rare) and the shed scutes were always clear and thin.

Recently he's shedding again but it's taking long and the scutes are taking a golden appearance (in water and more prominent when dry). Water comes out when I press on the scutes and the 'almost shed scutes' appear to be in complete pieces. I'm worried there may be a build up of gunk/bacteria/etc underneath these scutes as they look weird and an unusual colour. He has a UVB light(Exo Terra UVB 100) in his tank, basks and eats normally and is very active. Is this a cause of concern or is this normal?

Thanks!

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Post Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:03 pm   Re: Shell problems?

If they are already lifting up, you can give it a gentle assist. Just don't force anything that isn't ready to come off and note that the edges are probably the last areas to loosen up.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:38 am   Re: Shell problems?

Thanks! Would adding wheat germ pellets in his diet help with the shedding?
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:17 pm   Re: Shell problems?

Can't hurt to try and adds a bit of variety into the diet.
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