Dry skin

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Starsks
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Dry skin

Post by Starsks » 13 Feb 2020, 15:58

Hi it’s Starsks south glos here
Starsky and Hutch are 6 months old now weighing 46g each
I’ve noticed they have very dry skin , some hanging of their necks like they are shedding is this normal as they grow ?
They are well hydrated and very active
Many thanks for any help
Starsks

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Nina
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Re: Dry skin

Post by Nina » 13 Feb 2020, 17:04

Hi Starsks,

Great to hear from you and yes, it's absolutely normal, and isn't really dry skin. Tortoises shed their skin as they grow, just like snakes do, but whereas snakes shed their skin all in one piece, tortoises shed it in bits and pieces -- and it's always especially noticable around the neck. Don't be tempted to put anything on it or pull it off -- the bits will just naturally fall off in time. It sounds like they are doing really well!

Cheers,
Nina

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Re: Dry skin

Post by Starsks » 14 Feb 2020, 17:42

Magic
Thanks Nina
They look a bit gecko looking with beards !
:D

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Re: Dry skin

Post by Nina » 14 Feb 2020, 20:55

:D :D Yes, I know exactly what you mean. Mine look really shabby and unkempt when their skin is being shed -- poor little things!


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Re: Dry skin

Post by Starsks » 25 Feb 2020, 17:41

Hi
Sorry to bother you again
Lately our hatchlings are more interested in eating us than food ? We once day feed a leaf by hand just to get them used to it , they clamber over each other to try and bites our fingers stretching their necks to the full and even trying to stand on hind legs , they are not hungry and we always wash our hands ?
I hope they are not going to be aggressive
Any ideas ?
Thanks
Starsks

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