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Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Tortoises' started by Melissa747, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

    Okay so my baby red foot's red leg scales seem to be falling off and raising. Her temps are 88 in the hot spot and 73 in the cool end. Humidity is around 75%-85%. I measure both temps and humidity with my temp gun and digital humidity gauge. Anyone have any clue as to what could be going on? I've noticed in older tortoises the red seems to fade away... is she maybe just growing?
     
  2. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    Pictures would help immensely.
     
  3. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    Getting on that now!
     
  4. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    I hear the jepordy theme song playing...
    Dodo do do do dido do do...
     
  5. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

  6. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    What?
     
  7. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    Sorry I spelled it wrong. Ever watch jeopardy?

    Tort: his temps sound fine. Does he have uv lighting and if so what kind of bulb is it?
    His legs look fine to me. One scale looks kinda cracked but they will shed the leg scales over time.
    Is his other behavior fine? Eating? Drinking? Going to the bathroom? Walking around?
     
  8. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    She's eating, drinking and definitely going to the bathroom. The scales are pretty raised it's hard to see in the photo I guess. >< I'm using a strip repti glow 5.0 UVB.
     
  9. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

  10. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    In that last photo he has a cluster of three red scales and two black directly above the second toe from the inside. In the middle of that cluster is a white dot. Is that a reflection? Something on his foot?
     
  11. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    That's just a reflection there isn't any white stuff on her foot. I just gave her a nice mist and her leg looks better. Perhaps she just has dry skin and it's causing the scales to raise? Maybe more humidity is needed?
     
  12. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    How often do you give her a bath? Babies should be given at least a 20min warm bath every other day.
    Being dehydrate will cause the skin to shrink and scales to pop out more.
     
  13. Melissa747

    Melissa747 Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    She has a relatively large soaking dish that she goes in from time to time. I'm going to be getting a misting machine to keep the humidity up and I'll give her baths too. Certainly can't hurt.
     
  14. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Re: Red Footed Tortoise Red Leg Scales Raising and Possibly Falling Off? HE

    Nope it won't hurt at all. Just remember to stir up the substrate everyone and then and let it dry out a bit to prevent mold.
     

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