Tortoise Shell Question - FaunaClassifieds
FaunaClassifieds  
 Sponsors   Breeders | Dealers |  Importers/Exporters | Caging | Feed | Supplies | Services | Events 
  Inside FaunaClassifieds  Product Reviews |  Classifieds!   | Photo Gallery   | Banner Advertising 
 
  Want to help support this site? Click here.

Go Back   FaunaClassifieds > Reptile & Amphibian - General Discussion Forums > Turtles & Tortoises Discussion Forum

Notices

Turtles & Tortoises Discussion Forum This forum is for the purpose of discussing any topics concerning the turtles and tortoises of the world.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-20-2007, 11:45 AM   #1
Jones812
Tortoise Shell Question

I am a new Leopard Tortoise owner. My tortoise's name is Titus. I have had him about 2 1/2 months. He was very tiny when I got him. He has grown just a litte, but I am alittle worried about his shell. His photo from when I first got him is posted in the Turtle Gallery and is titled "Titus" if you need to see his shell to understand what I am asking. The black area's in the shell creases, around the patterns has turned completely white. The color on the shell except for the patches is gone. It started out a little bit, now it is all over. Is this because he is growing? Do they lose color that quickly? Will it come back? Any insight is appreciated, I have looked all over and cannot find an answer.
 
Old 06-21-2007, 09:34 AM   #2
Jones812
A little better understanding...

[IMG]Well, from viewing some of the gallery pictures, what I am describing looks somewhat normal. Does anyone know what causes this? It changed very quickly and i am curious if they get any color back? The picture is when I first got him, now thte black is white.


[/IMG]
 
Old 10-05-2007, 09:27 AM   #3
Walk of Life
Leopard tortoises kept under UV lights often exhibit this lighter coloration.
Many pet stores do this intentionally to make their tortoises look blonde-phase.

A much healthier approach is natural sunlight as often as is possible, supplemented with UV bulbs indoors when necessary.

Cute little fellow you have there.

I realize this post is a few months old. Are you seeing some substantial growth out of him now?
 
Old 10-10-2007, 01:24 PM   #4
Jones812
He has really grown alot. I cannot really tell until I compare pictures. But I am constantly taking pictures of him. As far as lighting, we just got him a much bigger enclosure with alot of room to walk around and different lights. I know we have a light on one side that emits heat and UV rays. We have a plain heat bulb that does not light up as well. One thing I noticed is that since we have moved him to this enclosure, his shell seems to be a bit darker. We used to have a screen on top of his cage that must have blocked some light. but now there is not a screen. It is almost like he is getting a tan or sunburnt... Any thoughts?


BTW... Updated picture of Titus.

[IMG][/IMG]
 
Old 11-21-2007, 10:58 AM   #5
baybay
dont worry

The same thing happend with my redfoot and i am not too concernd. good amounts of sunlight should help the problem.
 
Old 11-23-2007, 11:12 AM   #6
Jones812
Thanks!

Thank you fr the reply. I am not as worried. His shell is starting to darken up. The only thing i notice is how unsmooth his shell is. Everyone keeps telling me he may be alittle bumpy (pyramidy) while he is groiwng, but if he is on theright diet and gets the right light, he will smooth out..... have you ran across this?
 
Old 11-23-2007, 03:40 PM   #7
deborahbroadus
This is called pyramiding and it is not "normal." There is more information under the tortoise health post. I recommend doing a deep research to understand exactly what pyramiding is and the causes of it.
 

Join now to reply to this thread or open new ones for your questions & comments! FaunaClassifieds.com is the largest online community about Reptile & Amphibians, Snakes, Lizards and number one classifieds service with thousands of ads to look for. Registration is open to everyone and FREE. Click Here to Register!

 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
African Spurred Tortoise/Sulcata Tortoise, Spurred Tortoise, Spur Thigh Tortoise duckeny Turtles/Tortoises 0 07-08-2008 10:22 AM
Leopard and Russian tortoise question azski Turtles & Tortoises Discussion Forum 0 10-01-2006 12:32 AM
Question for the tortoise crowd Gecko_Den Turtles & Tortoises Discussion Forum 4 04-09-2006 02:11 PM
Blonde Russian Tortoise question Osiris X Turtles & Tortoises Discussion Forum 5 01-07-2006 07:28 PM
Melanistic redfoot tortoise...? Blackfoot tortoise...? Your call-my new breeder male skycock Turtles & Tortoises Discussion Forum 22 12-01-2005 01:36 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:26 PM.




Ebates Coupons and Cash Back



TESTING!
Fauna Top Sites


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Page generated in 0.04067111 seconds with 10 queries
Content copyrighted 2002-2018, FaunaClassifieds, LLC