MBD vs Normal tort bones - post mortem - CLICK ON PHOTO FOR LARGER VIEW
Photos courtesy of Don Williams in Bakersfield, CA.
Vice-Pres/Webmaster/Adoptions Kern CTTC
both Gopherus Agassizii (desert tortoises) from the
Bakersfield, Ca. area, both captive born and raised.
Pyramided one died from bladder stone (analysis revealed extreme levels of potassium, calcium oxalate and uric acid crystals)resulting in renal failure.Raised on diet veggies/greens/fruits, kept awake first four years life, dehydrated and rehydrated continuously by heat lights in an aquarium (probably forming bladder stone calculi at a very young age), when placed outside had no burrow (thus no micro-climate), and although probably grazed on grasses, was continued on greens/veggies/fruit diet until brought in to me already in renal failure. Standard mis-informed care of my native species, with all too common results.
Normal shell one was killed by a predator attack/infection. Was always just allowed to live in a yard, grazing on whatever weeds grew in a Bermuda grass yard, including occassional plantings of a desert tortoise seed mix. Had been brumated (hibernated) from birth by a keeper who understood their natural cycles of life in the wild, allowed to have a microclimate provided by the burrow in the yard and really had a beautiful shell.
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