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How often do red and yellow eared sliders change shells?
slidersroc
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what do you mean?
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You know, the hard thing on top of the turtle. Don\'t they lose the outer layer and get a new onw, or is that only when they are small? How often?
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They shed their scutes (plates) as they grow; they also shed the scutes on the plastron (bottom shell) as well. (Interestingly, the material is made of keratin, the same thing out fingernails are make out of.) Growth depends on a number of things including diet, temperature, lighting, habitat, etc. You don\'t want your turtle to grow too fast (bad for his health); slow steady growth is best.
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