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Taking care of your turtle's overall health.

Post Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:24 pm   Basking question

I'm just curious, What part of a red-ear slider's body absorbs the 'UVB' light for vitamin d3?
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:44 am   

I believe the entire body should be able to absorb UVB rays.
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:08 pm   

Generally, all parts of the body. Just a theory but I believe the carapace and plastron absorb the most vitamin d3 and the calcium supplements such as cuttlebone is absorbed internally.

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:31 pm   

Yeah but how does that explain a turtle's head elongated and their legs kicked back?
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:36 pm   

Ah, the infamous 'Superman pose'. They extend their legs and head to absorb more heat. Cute isn't it?
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:39 pm   

Oh that makes sense now. :D Thanks for the info.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:51 pm   

I always wondered why they did that Superman pose. It's adorable!!!
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