Reptiles and Amphibians Q&A 03

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This 15-year-old red-eared slider turtle had been raised since it was a hatchling on a diet of peeled shrimp and iceberg lettuce. At the time that it was presented for examination, it was not using its hindlimbs; rather, when it was picked up and held vertically, they dangled loosely. The turtle’s shell was flat, deformed and markedly soft to the touch.

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