How to care for the shell of turtles and tortoises

The turtle shell has a reputation for being tough, devoid of the sensitivity of armor.Injury in the form of scratches, chips and cracks can pose a serious threat. To care for the shell of it gently and carefully, so as not to harm the health of the reptile and not to cause discomfort.

General rules:

  • you can wash the turtle shell and skin with a soft sponge and clean water;
  • it is permissible to use hypoallergenic baby soap no more than once a week;
  • funds with aromatic fragrances and chemical composition dangerous to the health of pet;
  • from the use of abrasives, scrapers, stiff brushes and sponges should not be, they can cause injury;
  • the water temperature in the bath should not exceed 35 degrees;
  • it is not necessary to keep the animal under running water from the tap.

Central Asian, as any reptile of the order, water procedures is useful. Frequency of bathing depends on the age, health and habits of the animal.

Cleaning the carapace of tortoises

The carapace and plastron is updated only aquatic species of the family. Have the tortoises shell is not shed. If the flaps on the pet start to peel off and get off — you should consult with your herpetologia.

Dried dirt can be soaked in a basin of warm water, or soak a wet rag. The use of brushes, scrapers and chemicals to give the date.

Education on the shell may have a fungal origin. In this case, will require the intervention of a veterinarian.

Cleaning the shell of the red-eared terrapins

Freshwater species most of my life are fluid, but their hygiene Karabekov harder than care for a land turtle. The problem with armor is most often occur due to adverse conditions. Care of the carapace of the red-eared terrapins includes cleaning, if necessary.

On the carapace of the red-eared terrapins can grow green algae. Contribute to remains of food in the water and the bright aquarium lighting. The abundance of plants can cause delamination of the shell and separation of the flaps.

In the early stages to remove algae is possible with a soft damp sponge. Otherwise, the shell is treated with Lugol's solution.

The method of dealing with the problem at home, if nothing helps the sponge:

  1. Carapace rinse with a damp cloth and dry.
  2. Wool apply a thick layer of solution on the affected areas.
  3. To prepare a temporary dry aviary with a lamp, so that the reptile can bask or hide in the shadows.
  4. Hold the turtle in a prepared 2-4 hours.
  5. During this time, it is recommended to clean the vivariums in the usual way and change the water.
  6. Animal to launder the money and put in your tank.
  7. During the procedure, you need to avoid getting the drug on mucous membranes.

Brown algae are removed by the same means. Usually occur from a lack of lighting in the aquarium. To boost immunity is to administer an injection Elevita, independently, or at the vet.

Fight with a white coating

Light formation on the shell can be a symptom of various disorders and diseases. Their discovery is cause for a thorough examination of the pet. The most unpleasant of the possible reasons is the development of the fungus.

During seasonal molt, between the levels of laminated armor, air bubbles can look like white patches.

The symptoms under which a mandatory visit to the vet:

The most common cause of white residue in the home is hard water. The salts are deposited on the shell, harden and difficult to clean. Usually the precipitate at the same time with armor and covers the surface of the aquaterrarium. Clean the shell of the red-eared terrapins from the RAID can with lemon juice diluted 50% with water. It usually takes a few times to wipe the affected surface. Abuse means not recommended, so better to take care of prevention. In the aquarium you can only use soft, purified water.

How to care for the shell of turtles and tortoises
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