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Erica
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I have a turtle who is not yet over a year old. Today while i was checking her shell i noticed that the shell overtop of her tail is not as hard as the rest. i dont know if she cracked it since there are no visible cracks or if it is a lack of calcium or something else. if anyone has had this problem i\'d love to get your advice. thanks
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Lack of calcium. It is called soft shell. You can dredge food such as lean cooked chicken or prekilled guppies in a calcium powder.Make sure you have a good uvb light as well.
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thank you very much for your reply.... i gave kiwi a cuttle bone changed her calcium block,and what is the difference between a normal bulb and a uvb bulb? (she does get sun everyday too but i live in canada and the winter doesnt give us much of that) and how long will it take her shell to get back hard because i hate having her sick it makes me worry! thank you!
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deesygirl wrote:
Lack of calcium. It is called soft shell. You can dredge food such as lean cooked chicken or prekilled guppies in a calcium powder.Make sure you have a good uvb light as well.
HOW DO U PREPARE THE \"PREKILLED GUPPIES IN A CALCIUM POWDER\"??

MY TURTLES HAVE SOFT SHELLS TOO
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Sorry for not responding earlier. My system has been down.

Easiest way to get your res the calcium they need is to dreadge the guppies in calcium powder. I use reptocal it has a good source of calcium as well as vits. A,D,B & E. I put a small amount of the powder in the lid then drag the guppies or fish through it. Makes a mess in my tank so I do it right before a water change. The directions say you can even put a little powder in a baggy then add the food and shake. I use guppies and fresh fish. You can also put it on worms or chicken or even veggies for older RES.
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