Olive/Vegetable Oil on Turtle's shell
Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:36 PM
He asked if olive oil/vegetable oil would be ok to rub on the shells of his turtle's (he has Russians and Box Turtles) to make the shells shiny again, and not so "dried out" looking.
I told him I'd come to this forum and ask about it and not to try it until I'm certain. I also said I would ASSUME it would cause bacteria, or at least have dirt and dust stick to the shell... Seems like the turtle would adsorb it through the shell, and maybe even get into the water supply while the turtle soaks.
I guess he got the idea from my Hermit Crab web site where I commented on using Olive Oil to give a healthy buff to natural shells, but I never considered using it on turtle shells before. Unlike hermit crabs, the shells are PART of the turtle so I'm not sure how it would effect it.
What's your opinion?
Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:11 AM
Posted 03 December 2009 - 05:37 AM
Posted 03 December 2009 - 08:30 PM
Posted 10 December 2009 - 12:41 AM
And you shouldn't use any of them.
Oil may make a shell look shinier, but that's about it. Put oil on your dry chapped hands, and they'll look great too! I don't know that vegetable oil is specifically bad for a turtle's shell, but I wouldn't use it (could attract bugs etc.). There are several shell conditioners on the market that would be better than cooking oil.
Posted 14 March 2010 - 09:33 AM
Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:11 AM
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