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Post Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:53 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Not really.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:57 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Since I'm new to being a turtle mom I just threw the whole thing in. I have never seen her touch it. This is very helpful info. Why would they put this backing on in the first place?
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:42 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Legimate question. I have no idea.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:22 pm   Re:

based on earlier answers, the hard backing is part of the cuttlebone. i'll just repost it. :wink:


BullDog wrote:Steve, I'm fairly sure the hard side is natural. Check out this link, which talks about using cuttlebone for casting jewelry.

It has a hard and thin crust on the outside encompassing the internal softer part, the pulp, which is much thicker, and this is the part that can hold the impression of the model, the part that can be carved.


Good link Sassamo :)


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V Lou wrote:Reading the above thread, I believe there are some misconceptions. The cuttlebone is the internal shell of a cuttlefish, a type of mollusk (it's not actually a fish). The backing of the cuttlebone is merely the dorsal shield, which is the top layer of the cuttlebone and contains proteins, sugars, fats, connective tissue, calcium, etc. Below the dorsal shield is composed of the spongy portion of the cuttlebone, which contains more sugars, proteins, calcium, connective tissue, etc. distributed in a less dense fashion. The two general components of the cuttlebone serve different functions for the cuttlefish. The cuttlebone is processed before it is sold, so it won't spoil.

This first url takes almost forever to complete the download, so be patient, like go out for a walk and come back :)... but it has a great cross-sectional drawing of the internal composition of cuttlebone:
http://www.pmbc.go.th/webpmbc/ResearchB ... %20new.pdf

This next url gives general information about cuttlefish that you might find interesting. :
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/camo/anat-nf.html

I hope this helps :)
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:49 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Ah. Thanks for clearing that up!
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:09 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Robyn wrote:Since I'm new to being a turtle mom I just threw the whole thing in. I have never seen her touch it. This is very helpful info. Why would they put this backing on in the first place?



lol, I'm in the exact same boat as you. I just threw the whole thing in, they picked at it the first day then it just sat there.

I'm glad I can come to this site for pretty much EVERYTHING :)

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:06 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

I'm guessing the backing is to hold it together while it's clipped into the cage and pecked at. Some have said it's a natural part of it, though I don't remember seeing anything conclusive.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:14 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Should I be giving my baby RES cuttlebone? I have never heard of this before..
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:54 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

cuttlebone is a great source of calcium. there are many calcium and vit. d3 supplements for turtles, but this is the cheapest.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:30 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

You don't have too but it doesn't seem to hurt in they're interested.
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:08 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

okay thanks! I will try it! Do you think it works best to just let it float or get a clip for it?
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:26 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Let it float but it'll sink eventually.
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:36 pm   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

I did this. The turtles ate it. Well, it's wasn't in there a few days after I put it in, so I assume they ate it ... lol Great tip !!! Thanks :)
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:02 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

I just learned so much.
Tomorrow's project: cuttlebone de-backing!

Mine always got soft and goopy because nobody ate it right away.
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:32 am   Re: Pictures of Cuttlebone Backing

Why can't they just make it like this?! Why do they make it so complicated!!
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