shell care

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    Shell Chipping?

    Hi friends! We have a Russian Tortoise and recently noticed that a piece of the back part of his shell chipped off. He's pretty active now but he had a rough start when we rescued him a year ago (malnourished, didn't move legs, no UVB, etc.) so we attributed the chip to climbing or something. He...
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    Redfoot Restoration

    Never had a redfoot before but this guy came from a shitty pet store on Christmas Eve and his shells looking pretty dismal to say the absolute least, he’s staying wet and warm and someone said coconut oil on him will help but what else can we dooooooooooo, he’s been getting soaks and kinda eats...
  3. T

    What is on my painted turtles shell is this shell rot?

    I’m not gonna lie he smells a little off compared to my other turtles I checked his shell and he doesn’t seem to have shell rot besides the funky smell. He’s basking a lot which is great cause I think his previous owners used a heating bulb instead of a uvb. I read I could put iodine on it is...
  4. S

    New Marks on Tortoise Shell

    Hello! I took these images to a reptile store and they said it doesnt look like anything to them but these marks have developed slowly over the past two weeks. He is a good eater, very active. I soak him three times a week, his lights are about a month old and he has a cuttle bone but i also...
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    What is growing on/in this Desert Tortoises shell?

    I have noticed recently that a 30+ year old female Desert Tortoise I care for has developed a mold like pattern on/in her shell. She is mostly kept outside during Spring/Summer in the southern United States. During Winter/Fall is kept indoors with a heat lamp and usually in a large concrete...
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    Sri lanken baby!! Does anyone know what this weird spot is!!!??

    Hello I picked up a baby star tortoise yesterday, suposidly a sri lanka, it is very tiny. His shell is a bit deformed… but im also concerned about this spot on him. I havnt even had him 24 hours yet… he seems pretty healthy. It almost looks like a mole, in the center of his scute. If anyone...
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    Introducing Usain Bolt!

    So after some research and bothering you all here, I have adopted this 20yrs old Russian tortoise and named him Usain Bolt. He was found on the streets and taken to a pet store who then contacted the rescue. I had to drive 100miles each way to go get him but I didn't want to buy one from a...
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    Sulcata shell issue?

    So I've had my baby for almost three years now and all was well, her shell was perfectly healthy up until she got to big for her terrarium. At that point I got rid of the terrarium and set up a location where her heat lamp and uv lamp were set up for her to use as she pleases but I'd say a...
  9. M

    Are my sulcata tortoises’ shell okay? There are white rings on them!

    Hello, everyone. I have 2 baby sulcatas about 2 months old. They are active and eat a lot. This evening when I took them to soak, I found white rings on their shells. Is this normal? I’m worried if this is an early sign of shell fungus or shell rot? PS. I come from Thailand. I’m sorry for my...
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    Odd discoloration on scute?

    Hello, I've had a female russian tortoise for the past 5 ish years and during her weekly washing i've noticed some discoloration on one of her scutes. This is deff some 'new' discoloration that she didn't have before. I've recently 'upgraded' her enclosure to something with a little more...
  11. Mixcoatl

    Red tinge on hermann's shell (pics)

    Gave my 3 year old Hermann's tortoise a soak after work and noticed he had a weird red tinge to his shell that wasn't there the day before looked him over and there are definitely red splotches on the plastron He gets checked over every other day so was shocked to see this. He has otherwise...
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    Shell Help

    Clearly his shell isn't doing too well. I've had him for a very long time, but have never seen anything like this happen. I Could really use some advice on what I should do to help him.
  13. turtwigtortoise

    New Tort Owner

    Hi guys, Relatively new Hermann’s owner - just a quick question for anybody who would like to offer advice. I did and continue to do ALOT of research into how to best keep my little guy, I pretty much have everything like temp, enclosure, meals and daily routine down to a T. But one think...
  14. R

    Shell de-colorization

    This is Ruby, my 15 year old horse-field’s tortoise. She is in good health other than the problem described below. Ruby had a white ring around her shell about a few months ago, and I went to tortoise forums for help. All and each response I got was that this was normal, and would go away at...
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    Odd tortoise situation

    Hello, I have had a few issues with my tortoise and I am unsure how best to go forward. (he is about 3 and a half years old and is a Hermans tortoise. At the start of 2018 he was 37g but now we are at 706g. Gender is still unknown.) I got him a few years ago not long after he had been hatched...
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    What’s wrong with my tortoise

    Hello! I’m new here and I had a question. I own a red foot tortoise and she’s 3 now but she started showing white all over her shell. I can’t tell if it is dryness or rot. I been brushing her lightly with distilled water for two days but is not coming off. Does anyone know what could it be and...
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    Air bubbles underneath the carapace?

    Hello, I have a twelve years old greek tortoise and a few weeks ago I started noticing that there were light spots appearing on his shell, and as time passes, more are appearing. Our veterinarian said those are air bubbles that we should scrape off and treat the shell underneath with potassium...
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    Shell rot?

    Hi everybody, I’m new to the forum. I have a 10 year old Herman’s tortoise and he has always been pretty healthy, no problems. I have been away for the last couple of months and upon my return I noticed that the shell on the top of the tortoise looks like some sort of shell rot taking place, to...
  19. akcoff

    Is this shell rot??

    Just got this redfoot tortoise a few days ago and noticed the black spot. Is this shell rot?? Is he going to be okay?? I've never had to deal with shell rot before and I'm terrified. Please help!
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    Dry tort?

    Hello all! I have noticed that in the last month sense the heat came on Gamera is looking dry. It was just her shell but now her legs. We soak about every week, offer water, and mist her food occasionally. I had seen someone mention coconut oil. Any suggestions? Should we soak more? She did...
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