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Old 19-09-2012, 08:42 PM
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You may have to do a bit of dry docking than to get those scutes to start to peel off. I'd say 6 to 10 hours a day for at least a week. That should get them dry enough to start to peel off.

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Old 19-09-2012, 09:12 PM
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If the water is at 20c and the basking area 30c - 35c (I see you have said it is 32c) then she will naturally climb onto the dock/basing area to dry off. Make sure though that she cannot climb out of the tank or touch the bulb.

I would have thought the scutes will soon come away without the need to dry dock her. We have rehomers who have started to shed as soon as they get under the basking light or out on the basking area in the outdoor ponds.

I was hoping that someone else was going to comment upon the condition/state of her underside.
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Old 19-09-2012, 10:23 PM
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def a cooter,
i commented on this on a fb forum also to confirm it was a cooter,as did some others.
as for the underside,plastron actually looks ok to me,although very pitted and worn,dont think theres anything there that would worry me.

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Old 20-09-2012, 12:16 AM
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This is looking worrying. I will try and post some more pictures of her markings tomorrow as she is sleeping atm.

I was hoping that she was a Slider rather than a Cooter. If she is a Cooter then I may need to re-home her before she gets too big for the tank as I cannot afford a new one. If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it.

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Old 20-09-2012, 03:01 PM
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Here are the photos I have just taken of Fluffy. She wasn't best pleased and did a little wee!

So from these pictures would you say she is a Slider or a Cooter?











Any help would be amazing thanks
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Old 20-09-2012, 04:54 PM
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100% female cooter which will probs grow to about 13 inches.

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Old 20-09-2012, 05:26 PM
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Cooter..100% and female
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Old 20-09-2012, 06:27 PM
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That's not good news. I may need to find her a new home before she gets that big. Thank you for all of your help! Can anyone recommend a good way/place to re-home her?
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Old 20-09-2012, 06:59 PM
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Finding homes for such large turtles is hard - we have taken in quite a few here!

You could put a post on here and in Rehoming, do say where abouts you are though.
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Old 21-09-2012, 03:28 PM
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Thank you Stephen, I am heart broken that she has to go but it's for the best.

Just out of interest is there anyone here who would like to give her a good home? I am in the east midlands.
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