shell advice

  1. C

    New tortoise parents

    We recently adopted a 7 year old sulcata tortoise. He seems to be adjusting well, but I have some concerns with his shell. Pieces of his shell are cracked. The rescue said he was surrendered with his brother and they may have scuffled. I’m not sure if these are scuff marks or shell rot. Any...
  2. T

    Sulcata Scutes/Suture Concerns

    Hello everyone, I'm new here and joined the forum to help my aunt find some answers about concerns she has for her 4 year old sulcata. Her tortoise has recently developed some new spacing and texturing along the sutures of her shell. She has sent along some photos that I'll post below. The...
  3. pickledsulcata

    Does her shell look dented on the sides?

    I noticed this while I was giving my 3 yr old sulcata a bath. Towards the bottom of her shell, does it look a bit dented, or is this normal? Kinda looks like how humans have a waistline. She's on a diet of primarily romaine, grass, carrots, and dandelions, with a soak once a week.
  4. G

    Shell health

    Hiya everybody! Today I noticed a change to my boys shell. Could anyone confirm if his shell is healthy or if there is anything we could change to promote his diet or lifestyle. We bathe him every other day at the moment and had a mixture of salads and occasional supplementary foods to boost...
  5. S

    Baby Redfoot Shell and Overall Health Issues - Advice Wanted

    Hello! (This is a long one, sorry.) I am in need of some advice/recommendations on an ill baby redfoot. I received Walter, my redfoot tortoise, on January 24th. He hatched on December 1, 2023. I got him from Southern Reptiles. The first few months I had him, he was doing very well; eating...
  6. Ashley & Rolo

    Wonky spinal scutes?! Help!

    Hello tortoise friends! New to the forum and hoping you can share your vast tortoise-y knowledge! I'm in panic mode right now! I got this little guy a few months ago, hatched July 2022. I was looking back at his weigh in day pics and noticed his spinal scutes are progressively moving off to...
  7. C

    Musk Turtle Shell Care Questions

    Hello all. I am new here but not new to the turtle world. That being said I have learned a lot and now that I have learned more I have been changing the care and enclosure for our Musk Turtle "Max". We got hom as a captive bred hatchling about 10 years ago. I am open to taking him to the exotic...
  8. P

    fungal infection on sulcata

    little guy was sitting on a cucumber he hid and now he he this spot. i’ve been using chlorohexadine 2% to scrub it off but it seems like the scutes are separating/ lifting where the circle meets both. i need recommendations on what to do. thanks.
  9. N

    (Russian) Growth lines or should I be concerned?

    Hi, I noticed quite a few lines all around my Russian’s lower scutes. I don’t know much about growth and was wondering if they looked concerning of if I am being paranoid? They don’t feel any “softer” than the rest of her shell, but they feel like significant ridges. Also less related, the...
  10. marbalboy

    Really unsure of health

    I had to emergency rescue this tort from an awful living condition arrangement, but as a new tort owner….yeah. I do not think this hatchling looks healthy. What is wrong with it ? The shell…. It is behaving fairly normally, is very curious, and eats a little (although mostly from my hand)...
  11. P

    White spots on shell

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to this forum and just wanted some advise. I have a horse field tort called Totty (she is actually a he as we found out recently) Totty is around 10 we think, we had her of a friend who had her off another friend... I've noticed Totty's shell is looking different, almost...
  12. I

    Weird tortoise shell spots.

    Hello, I have recently acquired my baby redfoot tortoise and it seems to have some weird spots on the shell. I am worried that it could be shell rot but I can't tell if you have any ideas or tips please help me out thank you so much!
  13. J

    Help needed

    What’s this on my tortoises shell? Help? My horse field tortoise is 13, I was just giving her/him (not sure on gender lol) a bath and noticed this on there shell, he’s been pretty lazy the last few days just sleeping and not really eating. Not sure if it’s maybe abit of shell rot? Or just a...
  14. E

    Cracks or Peeling on Sulcata Carapace

    Hello, Looking for someone who has some knowledge or experience on something we are seeing on our Sulcata. We noticed tonight that there are two spots on its back that appear to almost be cracks between the scutes. A corner of one is lifted and then there is what looks like a crack between two...
  15. M

    Weird patch on shell

    Hey guys! My best tort bud here has been with me a couple of weeks. I recently started noticing these weird 'patches' on his shell as you can see in the photo. Is this something serious or just a normal part of shell growth? He's active, seems healthy, has got his lamp on daily for 12 hours and...
  16. S

    White around shell and plates

    Hi there, I am worried about my cousins Russian tortoise. We have had this one for a year or so now and it does not get the attention it needs, but it well fed. It had white around its shell and plates. Is this new growth for him? Is this lack of vitamin D or calcium? She’ll rot? We don’t know...
  17. B

    Damaged shell

    Hello, I’ve just noticed some damage to the underside of my 10 year old Horsefield’s shell. His behaviour hasn’t changed and is still eating and active all day. He climbs a lot and does fall, but this seems like an odd place to damage from a small height and a soft landing. I’m not sure how...
  18. K

    Deep scute lines

    Aloha, my 4 year old has some extra deep scute lines. Is the normal or the beginning of shell rot?
  19. J

    Possible shell rot.

    Ive never seen this before. It is not wet. It is not underneath. Is this shell rot? Ive given him a bath and put betadine. Has anyone seen this before? Any advice? He has also not had interest in food for 3 days but I have also made him an enclosure in my garage so that he is not out in the...
  20. A

    Plastron issue or just slight damage/other issue?

    Hey everyone! My little CBB Russian is about 10 months old and has had little pit for as long as I can remember, it hasn’t noticeably got worse but never better. Rest of the shell looks fine (to my knowledge) but I’m just scared after hearing pits could be rot. Maybe it’s nothing of concern but...
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