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A Natural Shell Repair Example in a Terrapene - Chris Tabaka DVM

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North American Box Turtles (Terrapene) - Tess Cook

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Terrapene Gallery

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Ear Infections and surgery in Terrapene - Chris Tabaka DVM

Carapace Pitting in Terrapene - Darrell Senneke

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Two of the questions I am asked most frequently are the following:

 

1. Will this injured turtle I found be able to heal?

 

2. When you do trans-plastronal surgery (surgically incise through the plastron) for procedures like egg or mass removal, how well is the animal able to heal?

 

The following pictorial is based on a shell found by Chris Baker of the Memphis Zoo and helps answer both of these questions.  This animal sustained a SEVERE injury but without assistance, managed to recover and fully heal it over before something else caught up with it.  The regenerative, recuperative powers of chelonians are simply amazing!

 

 

A View of the Shell from Various Angles

 

 

 

The Animal's Self-created "Patch" and the Underlying Shell

 

 

 

 

Varying Views of the Bony Carapace and the Severe Damage it Underwent

 

 

 

 

 


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