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First day with Toby, Olivia's reactions.

Posted by Turtle_Whisperer , 07 July 2011 · 455 views

It has been 20 hours since I got Toby in from the mail. I was surprised to see that he was already eating, which was a great sign that he was under very little stress. He is surprisingly still when I handle him, something I'm not used to (always owned wild caughts in the past).

Olivia likes to watch him on occasion but otherwise pays little attention to Toby. So far there has been no aggression nor tension between the two. I wonder once he reaches sexual maturity if I might start getting some Eastern x Three-Toed hybrids. I don't know much about breeding and egg incubation. I also would be afraid of her getting egg-bound, though I know nothing about what causes it and how to prevent it.

Olivia has been doing so much better now that she is rid of the worms she had, but she has had this pit on the right side of her rear-hinged plastron that looks deep and quite possibly a tiny bit of bone is exposed (not sure if packed dirt or not, I try to scrub out). It is about a quarter of an inch deep. She scratches it often with her foot which makes me believe there might be a light infection there. I know that Three-toes naturally get pits between the 2nd and 3rd coastal of the carapace, symmetrically. I am not familiar, however, with the pitting of other areas as well. She is still a young turtle (6-8 years) and am not sure if this "pit" will go away or not.

I keep my turtles clean at all times by giving them baths and the use of natural, vitamin-rich oils for their shells. All I can do for now is to keep the area clean and let her do the rest.

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