Burmese Star tortoise shell scaling

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Hi- I have a one year old pair of Burmese Star To16827974048063665558557078211214.jpgrtoises and the female is having scaling issues with her shell. About 2 months ago I starting giving her Vitamin A supplement once a week but I'm not sure it's working. Her and the male get a mix of romaine, collard, dandelion, kale, squash, zucchini and carrots. The male is not showing the severity she is. The avg temp is 85 and the humidity is between 65-70. Anyone have ideas on what I can try to stop it?1682797432682417695447911676560.jpg16827973220052607879066721810960.jpg
 

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Hello.

It’s difficult to see exactly what your referring to is the pictures. The shell looks normal to me, perhaps just calcium from the water drying on their shells? Also these aren’t Burmese stars. They are either Indian stars or Sri Lankan stars.
 
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Hi- I have a one year old pair of Burmese Star ToView attachment 356535rtoises and the female is having scaling issues with her shell. About 2 months ago I starting giving her Vitamin A supplement once a week but I'm not sure it's working. Her and the male get a mix of romaine, collard, dandelion, kale, squash, zucchini and carrots. The male is not showing the severity she is. The avg temp is 85 and the humidity is between 65-70. Anyone have ideas on what I can try to stop it?View attachment 356536View attachment 356534
I agree that this is not a G. platynota. Certainly G. elegans.

I would not give a vitamin A supplement. There is plenty of vitamin A in tortoise foods and over dose is a real possibility.

Humidity should be over 80% all the time day and night. You should not have a humdifier blowing directly into the enclosure. Keep humidity higher by using a closed chamber and reducing ventilation. I'm guessing that low humidity is your issue.

Average temp? Where? Do you mean ambient? How cold at night? What about under the basking lamp? Daytime ambient should climb into the 90s for this species, and no lower than 80 at night.

You diet needs improvement. Grocery store greens don't meet their needs, and carrots should be avoided.

Check this out for more:

 

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Hello.

It’s difficult to see exactly what your referring to is the pictures. The shell looks normal to me, perhaps just calcium from the water drying on their shells? Also these aren’t Burmese stars. They are either Indian stars or Sri Lankan stars.
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Thanks for replying- are these images any better?
 

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