Turtle Puzzle

I’ve already written about my Kame’s shedding before (in Indonesian, in English). I collected all her scutes because I want to put them all together again. This might be a silly action but, it’s fun, it’s like a puzzle.

There are 2 kinds of shedding, thin layer and thick layer. It’s hard to collect the thin layer, fortunately, Kame sheds thick layer scute. I’ve spent few hours of my weekend to reunite Kame’s scutes. I took a picture before and after I put them all together again.

The picture below is her top Carapace. There are 14 scutes. I glued them all with pieces of fabric to hold them together because the areas to glue them are too narrow. The fabrics are glued inside the carapace. See the picture below! On the left is the scattered scutes and on the right is the glued scutes.

In this picture below, I put Kame next to her old scutes and took her picture, just to compare it.  I also put her old scutes on top of her new ones. Fortunately, Kame is a good model…she stayed still until I finished taking her pictures.

This next picture shows her Plastron. There are 12 scutes. The left one is the scattered scutes, the right one is the glued scutes and Kame to compare it. I couldn’t put it on top of her new scutes because Kame couldn’t stay long enough when she was upside-down. Some of her plastron’s scutes are broken, I cover it with another black fabric.

This last picture is her side carapace. There are 27 scutes. This one is a bit difficult because of its shape.

Here is the final stage of the puzzle 🙂

You might think that gluing these scutes is a waste of time 😉 but for me, due to my love for Kame, this is NOT a waste of time at all.

11 thoughts on “Turtle Puzzle

  1. That’s so cool! We used to have a turtle too until he was stolen by some neighborhood kids. Unfortunately I hadn’t paid attention to him while he was still with us.

  2. Amazing. Really amazing. It also makes me think how some things in nature have their similarities. I have pine cones here, with the little pine nuts inside. The little bits (don’t know the technical name) look like the scutes. You went to a lot of effort to reconstruct it. I totally understand. If it was my turtle I would do the same. (The blog looks really great now. It is more personalized.)

    1. I never thought about it before but after you’ve mentioned it…you’re right, they do look similar.
      Fellow petlovers will understand my effort 🙂 -thanks- people who don’t own/love their pet always look at me as if I am from another planet whenever I told them of what I have done with my pet’s leftover (scutes can be considered as leftover, right?)

      Thank you, I need to make the font a bit bigger tho…I wish it can be done without doing it through html page. The background I have made doesn’t fit well, will have to remake it soon.

    1. Hehe bukan hobi…tapi suaaayyyyaaaanggg… sangat sayang sama 2 mahluk imut2 itu.

      Itu bukan Kulit Sop tapi scute, sy ga tau bahasa Indonesianya scute apa…’kurang lebih bagian2 penyusun cangkangnya’ kali ya. Karena sifatnya seperti kuku manusia jd kayaknya bisa tahan lama walaupun tanpa bahan pengawet

      1. Ah iya, itulah pokoknya, entah apa aja namanya. :mrgreen:

        Seperti yang saya bilang dulu, kura2 kalo dirawat dengan baik dan penuh kasih sayang, bisa tampak anggun juga… 😳 (bahkan scute-nya pun anggun :mrgreen:)

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