shell damage

  1. K

    Is this Shell Rot?!?!

    My 4 year old Greek is correctly shedding. (I hope but I’m worried about a couple shots on her shell. Anyone think this is shell rot? One is a chip on the front of her shell near her head. The next two are the same spots one while wet and then dry. Then the last is her head that is correctly...
  2. G

    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. E

    Abnormal Shell

    Hi, I recently received a pet turtle as a gift and I noticed that his shell looked abnormal. I tried looking up what it was but i wasn’t successful.
  4. T

    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...
  5. T

    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...
  6. A

    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...
  7. feefofum

    Black dot underneath the surface of shell?

    Hi everyone, As I was examining my marginated tortoise Houdini's plastron this morning after his soak I noticed a black dot beneath the surface of his shell at his left hind leg area. Attaching some pics here for reference. Sorry in advance that the pics came out a bit blurry; I had a hard...
  8. D

    Crack in Shell

    Hi, I noticed my tortoise has a cracked shell above it’s head. Should we take it to the vet or would it heal on its own with cleaning and antiseptic ointments? Tried calling a vet and they said they don’t deal with exotics, and the number they referred me to is out of order. Will definitely find...
  9. agnes&theo

    acquaintance's tortoise looks bad ... thoughts?

    A recent acquaintance got a Russian tortoise from a pet store on a whim (yeah) two months ago. No idea the age, though not a hatchling. The tortoise has been inside a 50-gallon tank with a UVB and fed romaine, bok choy, and kale (we already had a chat about improving the nutrition). But her...
  10. RatQueen_Irene

    Hatchling Stomach Shell Normal?

    Hello, I had only briefly seen my hatchling eastern hermann tortoise's underside, knowing they hate to be flipped over and it being dangerous, him only having arrived a few days ago. I've since noticed a sort of strange bumpy pattern near the center line. Is this normal? He's in a high...
  11. I

    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...
  12. snailpeekoutofshell

    Dogs got to my Russian

    I’ve read so many horror stories in the past couple weeks that I can hardly believe this happened to us. Currently my tortoise has been living in a temporary home and I bring him in and outside to get some sun and proper temperatures while I set up his enclosure, and to get some good running...
  13. B

    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.
  14. K

    Crack on sulcata?

    Hi everyone, I am wondering if someone can tell me about this on my 7 year old sulcata’s shell. We adopted him almost 3 years ago and he had hardly grown (Was the size of a tennis ball) because he wasn’t cared for properly, but since we’ve had him he has had regular soakings and proper...
  15. S

    Turtle help

    Hello All, Today my boyfriend rescued a turtle from the woods in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the turtle was trying to cross the street . We noticed that his o her turtle shell was broken in several pieces. We need your help to heal the turtle and provide a good environment so we can reinsert put it...
  16. S

    Shell Help

    Hello! I’m new here and also new at being a tortoise mom. I recently purchased a baby tortoise (not from the best place but I didn’t like the conditions it was in and was hoping to give them a better home). Ever since I got it, the shell sort of has a dent and they’re doing great so far but I...
  17. D

    Help With Shell!!

    What is happening to my Sulcata’s shell and what can I do to help it??
  18. R

    Russian Tortoise shell

    Is his shell still ok? Should I take him to the vet? Please help
  19. Jason427

    I rescued a tortoise but I'm a first timer.

    Hello, I've been wanting a tortoise for a long time and did extensive research before obtaining this rescue. I got her from a friend who didn't want to look after her and was stuck in a shed so I've gave her a new home, but I need help!! She has been injured before and rewelded by the vet but my...
  20. ZeldaTheSulcata

    Shell deformity? Pyramiding?

    Hi there, I am very worried about Zelda, my 7 year-old sulcata tortoise. It looks like his shell has not been growing right - I’m afraid the pyramiding has gotten worse but now it looks like something else is wrong too. He’s grown extremely fast this last year.. and this...