Last month, I let Papoe write about him being 5 months old…I am going to take over his progress from now on.
When I took Papoe home, I didn’t know how different his species to my previous two turtle babies is. My Kame and Kroten are Red Eared Slider (RES) and my Papoe is Pink Belly Short Necked Turtle (PBSNT … it’s a bit too long to write PBNST, so I am going to say E.Schultzei, it’s his scientific name).
Papoe has been with me for over 6 months now. What I have learned so far is that E.Schultzei has a very slow growth. He is still hasn’t reached 5 cm in both width and length…can you imagine a 6 month old turtle still less than 5 cm?
What I have just learned recently is he still has soft spot on his plastron. It amazed me so much that I needed to share this for other future E.Schultzei adopters.
First, look at this photo below. This is a photo taken on the first day he came to my house and my life.
His plastron was dented inward and very smooth. It also felt soft…just like all baby turtles. Baby turtles have soft shell and gradually become harder. He also has skinny tight.
Now look at the photo I took few days ago.
So many things have changed…for better or worse I can’t yet tell you…I sure hope for better.
Look at the blue circle! His plastron is no longer smooth. That part is a little rough and looks like a shrinkage shell. Maybe that part hardens too fast and created some bumpy areas.
Look at the red circles!! I had to stop him from eating his favorite food, the frozen blood worm. Instead of getting bigger on his shell size…he gets himself bigger on his tights. Chubby tights are the first clues to obesity. I couldn’t risk it and put him on vegetable diet. Fortunately he could eat the leaves as greedy as ate his worm.
Now…last but not least, look at the black circle!! That part is the oddest one of all these new progresses. That black part is his soft shell…6 months old and still has soft part is unbelievable…well for me it’s unbelievable. I can feel the softness of that part just like when you touch the head of a baby.
I wish there are more information on E.Schultzei out there…but I only find the ordinary. I hope this writing can help other E.Schultzei parents to be more careful when handling their E.Schultzei. E.Schultzei is really different to RES. My RES had hard shell less than 6 months. I have to be extra careful handling my little Papoe with his soft shell.
I plan to write a monthly post on Papoe’s progress (I hope I can do that) so that others who know nothing about E.Schultzei have a glimpse of knowledge on how different this species is.