What is wrong with my turtles shell?

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Big Red!
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I just found this board and im hoping someone can help me.

I got him as a baby over the summer and now he probably has doubled in size. Unlike all the turtles i have had this ones shell seems to be growing out of proportion. there seems to be these humps in the middle of the scuts(sp?). He eats like a horse, spends plenty of time basking under a lamp, water is about 85 degrees. Am i over feeding him, or is this some kind of shell rot? Here are some pictures they are pretty large so please be patient.

http://www.redfusionfilms.com/Destin/Destinshell1.jpg
http://www.redfusionfilms.com/Destin/Destinshell2.jpg
http://www.redfusionfilms.com/Destin/Destinshell3.jpg

There are a few more pictures of him when i first got him in my blog if you want to check that out.

http://www.redfusionfilms.com/blog.html

Thanks in advance
Brian
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wow i like ur tank anyway yes it seems to me that you are overfeeding your turtle too much if you dont stop he will die only feed him the amount of pellets that could fit in his head.
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Your turtle is overfed. You have what is called pyramiding, your turtle is growing too fast for its shell. Heere is an article on the problem: http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/whatca ... miding.htm
From the picture you have a RES and you have watch the protein with them. While they are juvenile they tend to want more protein than veggies but change as they grow, here is a couple of pages to explain it easier than I can:
http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/trachemyscare.htm
http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/bcwaterturtles.htm
Generally your turtle should be fed no more than would fit in its head. That is a rule of thumb for food size, they will beg for more but will get used to it. Here is some information on on selecting some vegetables for your turtle: http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/nutrientanalysis.htm
Good luck with your turtle\'s problem and I hope that you get your problem taken care of.
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Thanks for letting me know! I havent had this problem with any of the other turtles that i have had and i was starting to get worried.

Do you have any ideas how long it will take to fix the problem (shell back to normal)? Should i start to feed him every other day or would that be too abrubt?

thanks again
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They should be fed every day until they are a year old. They have a voracious appetite, I know mine does. To help with that you can float some romain lettuce in the tank. Mine loves it and munches it often. There are other veggies but there are some to definitely avoid and spinach and broccoli are 2. Check out the links rfox gave you and here are a few more.
Now, mind you some say to feed as much as they will eat and as you see that is not good so use the head as a measurement as has been suggested and then you can follow the types of foods in the links.
http://www.angelfire.com/blues/coolsliders/feeding.html
http://www.tortoise.org/general/watcare.html#feed
http://www.web.ms11.net/happyturtle/feeding.html
Hope these help.
Poor guy, I couldnt tell you how long it will take, but you can search some of the links and also do a google search and maybe get some info on the matter. Good luck!
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rfox and shelngav thanks for the links they are definatly helpful. Destin is gonna be getting a diet change:P
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