Do turtles like having their shell brushed?
Turns out, even if a turtle doesn’t need cleaning, they seem to enjoy the feeling of bristles on their shells. In fact, that’s one recommended way of petting them.
Why do turtles like brushes?
Turtles can also feel touch through their shells, so brushing them is actually a highly recommended way of petting your pet turtle!
Do turtles need to be brushed?
If you’ve never owned a turtle, you may not realize that cleaning them regularly is necessary for their good health. Even turtles that spend a lot of time in water need their shells cleaned off to prevent algae buildup.
Do turtles feel pain on their shell?
Turtles can feel pressure and pain through their shells, just as you can feel pressure through your fingernails. Turtles and tortoises do not have ears like ours, but they can feel vibrations and changes in water pressure that tell them where food, or a predator, might be.
Can turtles feel when you pet their shell?
Yes, sea turtles can feel it when you touch their shell. Sea turtle shells consist of bones, which are covered by a layer of so-called scutes (plates). There are nerve endings enervating even the bones of the shell. These nerve endings are sensitive to pressure, for example from a touch on the back.
What is turtle shell rot?
Shell rot is the common way to say a turtle has an infection of its shell, which can be secondary to damage or poor husbandry. Pet turtles tend to have more subtle signs but these can include a red tinge to areas of the shell, slime over the shell, a bad smell, flaking of the scutes and an easily damaged shell.