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Hello guys, your gonna think im nuts but this is just a question and a theory from my Gran.

My grandmother had two torts years and years and years ago. She let them run round the house free and probably fed them on salad greens etc that we all now know are bad. But she said that she always put olive oil or vegtable oil on there shells and they looked lovely and healthy (She is Mad by the Way) but i am wondering, ha sanyone else ever heard/tried this and does it work? i doubt it would do any harm as they climb round soil and dirt etc all day long and nothing seems to hurt or annoy them. Just a Question and maybe someone on here is as mad as my Gran.

On another note, the torts my Gran had, died a horrible horrible way. It was a cold winter, and as i said she let them run wild in the house. Well as it was cold they went looking for the warmest part of the house, HGuess where?........ You got it, the fireplace You see my gran had this real old fire where the ashes burned down onto a pan underneath the fire door, she took it out and dumped the ashes, came back in and lit the fire. She said she went looking for the torts and wondered where in the hell did they go and not finding them. Well later that night or the next day she done what she normally done, took the ashes out and looked down While she wa sout the day before dumping the ashes, the poor torts climbed up onto the hearth, and into the ash tray chamber to get heat and when she returened not knowing, closed them in and lit the fire. I only hope they died of smoke inhalation and not the heat.

Just thought i would let you know whilst talking about my crazy Gran.
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Old 22-11-2009, 11:33 PM
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Hello guys, your gonna think im nuts but this is just a question and a theory from my Gran.

My grandmother had two torts years and years and years ago. She let them run round the house free and probably fed them on salad greens etc that we all now know are bad. But she said that she always put olive oil or vegtable oil on there shells and they looked lovely and healthy (She is Mad by the Way) but i am wondering, ha sanyone else ever heard/tried this and does it work? i doubt it would do any harm as they climb round soil and dirt etc all day long and nothing seems to hurt or annoy them. Just a Question and maybe someone on here is as mad as my Gran.

On another note, the torts my Gran had, died a horrible horrible way. It was a cold winter, and as i said she let them run wild in the house. Well as it was cold they went looking for the warmest part of the house, HGuess where?........ You got it, the fireplace You see my gran had this real old fire where the ashes burned down onto a pan underneath the fire door, she took it out and dumped the ashes, came back in and lit the fire. She said she went looking for the torts and wondered where in the hell did they go and not finding them. Well later that night or the next day she done what she normally done, took the ashes out and looked down While she wa sout the day before dumping the ashes, the poor torts climbed up onto the hearth, and into the ash tray chamber to get heat and when she returened not knowing, closed them in and lit the fire. I only hope they died of smoke inhalation and not the heat.

Just thought i would let you know whilst talking about my crazy Gran.
The only thing you would need to put on your tortoise's shell is water! Do not use any oils or other substances! It was common practice to oil the shell of tortoises years ago.
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Old 22-11-2009, 11:57 PM
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Hello guys, your gonna think im nuts but this is just a question and a theory from my Gran.

My grandmother had two torts years and years and years ago. She let them run round the house free and probably fed them on salad greens etc that we all now know are bad. But she said that she always put olive oil or vegtable oil on there shells and they looked lovely and healthy (She is Mad by the Way) but i am wondering, ha sanyone else ever heard/tried this and does it work? i doubt it would do any harm as they climb round soil and dirt etc all day long and nothing seems to hurt or annoy them. Just a Question and maybe someone on here is as mad as my Gran.

On another note, the torts my Gran had, died a horrible horrible way. It was a cold winter, and as i said she let them run wild in the house. Well as it was cold they went looking for the warmest part of the house, HGuess where?........ You got it, the fireplace You see my gran had this real old fire where the ashes burned down onto a pan underneath the fire door, she took it out and dumped the ashes, came back in and lit the fire. She said she went looking for the torts and wondered where in the hell did they go and not finding them. Well later that night or the next day she done what she normally done, took the ashes out and looked down While she wa sout the day before dumping the ashes, the poor torts climbed up onto the hearth, and into the ash tray chamber to get heat and when she returened not knowing, closed them in and lit the fire. I only hope they died of smoke inhalation and not the heat.

Just thought i would let you know whilst talking about my crazy Gran.
aww thats so sad
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It is sin't it? Poor torts!
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torts shells are porous and are also heat exchangers so putting anything other than water on them can block/stop this process and maybe taken into the body.
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Any oily substance put on a tortoises shell, will bake them in any sunshine or hot heat, and go near a fire and it will instantly catch fire
Just water is good enough to keep their shells clean, not that they need to be clean. When you bathe them just run water over their shells.
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torts shells are porous and are also heat exchangers so putting anything other than water on them can block/stop this process and maybe taken into the body.
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Any oily substance put on a tortoises shell, will bake them in any sunshine or hot heat, and go near a fire and it will instantly catch fire
Just water is good enough to keep their shells clean, not that they need to be clean. When you bathe them just run water over their shells.

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Aww, your grans poor torts. That must have been horrible to find.

I agree too on the olive oil. There's not much point trying to keep them clean and shiny anyway, they're natural mucky pups!
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I think they produce their own natural oils otherwise their shells would dry out, mine always have a nice healthy shine at least when they're not covered in mud the darker ones seem to show it more
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Just water is good enough to keep their shells clean, not that they need to be clean. When you bathe them just run water over their shells.
I donated one of Mrs Bee's small make up brushes as they have soft bristles. My tort then gets a shell wash at bath time, just using bath water he's sat in.
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