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Browning coloration on the top/back of Hermann's shell?

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  1. __honeybee

    __honeybee New Member

    Mar 13, 2019
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    Hi everyone!

    I have an 8 year old Hermann's tortoise (Chompy). I've noticed some weird discoloration in the back of his shell in the past year. It seems to be a dusty brown color and I am not sure why. (I did switch from substrate to soil as he seemed to prefer it, and thought maybe the soil is dying his shell - but it doesn't come off in the shower at all)

    His terrarium has a good range of microclimates, I feed him a variety of leafy greens, some vegetables, and a calcium supplement. His shell is still hard and he has a lot of energy, so his general health doesn't seem to be affected, but I wanted to check to be sure.

    Does anyone know what this browning might be?
    (I've attached an image so you can take a look!)



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  2. King Arthur

    King Arthur Member

    Jan 7, 2019
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    Hi, question..did anyone respond? I'm looking for a similar concern answered. ?
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