Hole getting bigger on Opo's shell.

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Here is a pic of a some holes that are getting bigger as Opo grows.
Any thoughts?
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I checked the holes on the shell. They are about 1/8th" deep. Solid at the bottom with no drainage or smell. These are on the same scute about 3/4" away from each other.
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There's a scrape going off to the right of each hole leading me to think something with two sharp points fell on him, landing just right in the soft new growth seam, then he walked away, causing the 'thing' to scrape his shell.

We'll never know, and I doubt there's much to be done to help it. I think each hole would have to be re-injured and scraped to expose new tissue, then tended to while new growth happens.
 

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i'd get an opinion from a vet ...i'd think markw would be a good source for an opinion .... i'd guess it's like an injury or detachment to your fingernail bed ...... the reason it would get bigger is because the shell is growing and the keratin is not forming in those spots ...... possibly nothing to be done about it or needs done about it , i'd just wonder why it happened , i believe fungal , bacterial infection , and injuries are causes in people with fingernail growth problems , what the consequences are , and if it were treatable ........ i'm guessing you'd need a pretty experienced vet ....... jmo
 

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Is there any chance he could have knocked it some time ago and split it slightly, but the split is getting wider as he grows?
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It seems to be getting worse. My wife remarked on it also that it was getting bigger.
 

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After reading your responses, I really noticed the area after a little over a week ago when Opo dug a burrow under the shed. I am going to check the underside of the shed and see if there are any nails or screws pointing down that he could have got caught on. While starting the burrow.
Thanks for the input.
 

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i'd get an opinion from a vet ...i'd think markw would be a good source for an opinion .... i'd guess it's like an injury or detachment to your fingernail bed ...... the reason it would get bigger is because the shell is growing and the keratin is not forming in those spots ...... possibly nothing to be done about it or needs done about it , i'd just wonder why it happened , i believe fungal , bacterial infection , and injuries are causes in people with fingernail growth problems , what the consequences are , and if it were treatable ........ i'm guessing you'd need a pretty experienced vet ....... jmo
I will keep a eye on it. I just had Opo to a new vet awhile back. She had a sully there that got the side of the carapace and plastrom run over by a car. The sully is their office pet because no one claimed it. Seems like she would have some input if it gets worse. But hopefully time will mend this.
 
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