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Joan, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
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I have a 3 month old leapord tortoise and the bottom of s

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I have a 3 month old leapord tortoise and the bottom of his shell seems soft. When I got him they told me to put a cuddle bone in his cage to get calcium I tried dusting the food but it will not eat it can I add a small amount to water for it to drink and is the soft shell normal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and reptile rescue.

Can you tell me about the set up?




UVB light, linear tube or compact coil, strength, age of bulb and brand?

Basking light?

Can you post a picture of the shell in question.


Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

I just realized I spoke to you here:

and you never responded. Please look at my answers there and come back here and answer the questions on lighting and we can go on from there.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have the unveiled and the heat light
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did must not have went through
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

You posted in a new thread. I closed it. The UVB light does not give off heat. What type of bedding do you have in the tank. Cedar and Pine are toxic.

Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

The soft carapace is not normal and can be the onset of Metabolic Bone disease. I am going to repost my answer from last time we spoke.

She needs to be in a tortoise table or a rubber made and not a tank. Fish tanks can cause respiratory issues and fungal infections. she needs more air circulation. She should have a substrate of part coconut coir and sand. The linoleom when warmed by the lights and the heat mat can give off toxic fumes. This will give you a little information on housing: This is a comprehensive care sheet for the hatchlng Leopard Tortoise. They do need a most substrate as you can read about:
I would like you to give a daily soak of warm water and Pedilalyte daily for hydation.The coconuct coir and sand is one of the safer loose substrates. you can use cage carpet. If a Rusian tortoise. they need more moist substrate. These are Herp Vets in WV: If none are close your regular Vet may be able to do a phone consult with the Herp Vets and see if they can treat accordingly.
For calcium you can use this and follow the instructions as written on the site:
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Coconut fiber and jungle floor
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I just ordered a bottle. Can you please answer me? I paid $32 and it said answers now that's what I paid for
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

I do not get paid by the site until my service is rated. The site collects all deposits and once we have answered then they will compensate us. We have to be rated 3 stars - 5 stars for the site to compensate an Expert.