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Will a turtle die if its shell is destroyed?


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2010-10-04 10:47:04
2010-10-04 10:47:04

Yes it will - It dies because the shell is part of the skeleton. It's formed form the fused bones of the rib-cage.

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A turtle's backbone is connected to its shell. You can hardly crack it or hurt it, but when it's hurt in any way, you must take it to the veterinarian, or the turtle will die.

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No, a turtle shell is just protection for the turtle.

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Get that turtle to the vet immediately! A turtles shell is really a hard covering over their ribs. Once there is an opening in the shell the whole body will be infected and the turtle will surely die. So get that poor thing to the vet !


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