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#1 bellaj329


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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

This is a little map turtle that i found on the road by the lake but when I picked it up I noticed that there was something wrong with the shell and was wondering if anyone knew what could have caused this?? Im not sure if it was something in the lake, lack of basking, nutrition or if it was born like this but I felt so sorry for the little thing... I'm going to clean the shell off to take a better look so I'll post the clean picture tomorrow.. Here is what the shell looks like...
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You can see how it curves up and different directions...

#2 bellaj329


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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

This one shows how it bulges out underneath..

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Here is the turtle with one of my baby maps, you can clearly see the difference..

Would appreciate any info anyone has as to what happened to the shell..

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:43 PM

Wow, usually with a shell like that, I would say that it was due to the previous caretaker, and is MBD. But finding it in the wild like that? That is not normal. Yes, it is probably due to a combination of improper nutrition, food, water, heat etc. Could also be due to hereditary factors or illness/condition. I am not a proponent of taking a turtle from the wild, but this is one that I would NOT release back out. If you can, it would be great to provide a nice outdoor habitat for it - combo of water and land - by itself, not with others (until he has a clean bill of health from a vet, don't want to spread anything). The shell will not totally look normal even as he grows, but if this is just a nutrition issue, you can stop any further deformities from happening by offering a proper home for him.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:47 AM

My browser won't connect to the last three links above but I can access the first photo of the plastron. If this is actually a wild turtle and not a released hatchling by someone, the turtle could be a runt or stunted which can cause irregular or slow growth of its shell probably due to internal issues and maybe along with environmental issues. There could be something wrong internally for this turtle not to grow correctly. And as indicated above by Animal Kingdom2, it could be dietary related or related to other factors. Turtle runts usually have something wrong internally (usually kidney related) that prevent them from growing properly. Although metabolic bone disease (usually not seen in wild caught turtles) can be the cause also.

I agree - I would not release this hatchling but keep in mind that it may or may not survive in the long-term if a runt due to possible internal issues.

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