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Posted by MikeST on January 08, 2003 at 08:19:03:

In Reply to: Re: posted by teepee on January 07, 2003 at 16:29:44:

:Thanks for taking the time guys. I guess that still comes back to the same question. Any feedback will be appreciated. I have no problem with raising turtles with defective tails. If they have a chance of a fairly normal life, I'm willing to give them a shot. I think where they are they are going to die anyway, and my turtle tanks are pretty cool environments. Its kind of like taking in a stray cat. Am I thinking about this wrong?
:You are correct. It is caused by incubation. Too hot to be precise. In other species, the tail is missing altogether. I have only studied outer appearance in relation to incubation, and have no information as to any ill effect or damage to the inside of the animal. Snappers, at least the common snapper, is the most tolerant of high temperature. North American wood turtles produce the most defects(of those I've studied) if the temps are not exactly perfect. It does not bode well for many turtles if global warming continues at its current rate. that is unless they can adapt quickly. Snappers, it seems, are the least prone to defects from temperature. Most of the time, they just are Dead in shell rather than a visual defective hatchling, unlike many other species. I have not studied the alligator snapper, but since defects in the tail seem to be found with every species I've studied, I would hazard a guess that this is the cause. Pay close attention to the eyes. They are usually smaller when there is a tail defect.

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::Here's a picture, sorry I don't know why they has tails like that my guess is incorrect incubation.

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