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.