Soft Shell--how soft?

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sohcahtoa
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How soft does a shell have to be to be soft shell disease? Are there any other symptoms?

I recently got a baby RES, and it looks like it\'s in great condition. It swims a lot, eats regularly, and basks in the sun. However, when I softly pushed down on its shell, it seemed springy/bouncy. Is that normal, or should I be concerned? The shell looks fine otherwise.
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Don\'t forget that there\'s a soft little body beneath that shell and that might be what\'s making you feel a \"bounce\" or \"spring\" when you push down. Feel the shell with your fingernail, tap on it, lightly scratch over it. Does THAT feel soft? If so you might have a problem. Otherwise, if the turtle is acting fine, eating well, swimming etc. he/she is probably OK. Just like human babies having soft skulls when they\'re infants, a turtle\'s shell needs to develop and strengthen also.
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Remmember his shell is a bone and like a normal babys bone his is soft and crtilidge like dont worry softshell is kind of like spots. Ive seen them on my sun turtle and they have healed drastically
mariza
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The shell doesn\'t really harden until around a year of age. A hatchling\'s shell may have some \"give\" to it, but it should still be basically firm to the touch, not like the softness you\'d feel if you pressed on a dinner roll.

If you\'re concerned about your turtle\'s shell, make sure your turtle gets ample calcium in his diet as well as enough Vit D3 (he needs a UVB light for him to make it). Metabolic bone disease/soft shell disease is a major killer of young aquatic turtles.
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