need help and advise ASAP on brown crack in the plastron

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this afternoon i was drying the plastron of max after a lukewarm water soak..... and i noticed this unusual brown spot on his plastron,.... from closer inspection i found out there is a very thin, small crack and the region around the crack is brown........ is this shell rot???? i really am worried now because i haven't seen anything like this before..... i have posted some pics of the affected area.... really sorry for the quality of the pics.... if it's shell rot then what should apply to it??? he is eating normally , active as normal nothing unusual except the crack/brown region..... please Max needs help ASAP.....

temp : 34.5 degree celsius / 95F in his outdoor enclosure
 

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I honestly don't see anything. Shell rot is usually whitish looking so I'm going to say it's more than likely not that. Good luck!
 

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kimber_lee_314 said:
I honestly don't see anything. Shell rot is usually whitish looking so I'm going to say it's more than likely not that. Good luck!
then what is that brown stuff?? and any advise on how can i heal/treat the small crack???
the crack is much more visible in the 2nd pic

and thanks for your quick reply :)
 

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We're going to need a clearer picture. I can't see what you're talking about.
 

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emysemys said:
We're going to need a clearer picture. I can't see what you're talking about.
here are some clearer pics...... i'll try to get much clearer pics if i can...
 

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I see it! I dont know what it could be?? I hope someone can help you!
Good luck!
 

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Is it weeping? Does it smell?
 

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is it dry and firm or soft and mushy?

how long has it been there?
 

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I'm thinking there is something scraping the shell in your enclosure. This is causing abrasion; which is collecting dirt and substrate. Check for a raised stone or brick like object.

Just a theory...I'm no expert.

Good luck.
 

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it does not smell... its dry and firm... no squishiness ....
 

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How long have you had this guy? It looks like an old injury
 

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Jd3 said:
How long have you had this guy? It looks like an old injury

i have him for 6 months already.......... there was little dark coloration there.... but no small crack was present there until yesterday i noticed that there was this crack visible to me........

is there any way to fix this ????
 

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guys is there any method to fix that crack???? please reply :tort::tort:
:) thanks in advance
 

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Sorry...that's really not something that can be addressed here on the Forum. A vet, or an experienced tortoise person needs to see it in real life in order to give you the correct help.
 

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If it is a form a shell rot, you can get some athletes foot cream and cover the area with it. In Florida, we get what is called "scud" down here.
It is very common. It is a fungus that will turn the shell white and if not treated, it could do some superficial shell damage. I have never heard of a tortoise dying because of it.
I am not claiming to be a vet, but I can tell you from first hand experience, it works for me.
 

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skottip said:
If it is a form a shell rot, you can get some athletes foot cream and cover the area with it. In Florida, we get what is called "scud" down here.
It is very common. It is a fungus that will turn the shell white and if not treated, it could do some superficial shell damage. I have never heard of a tortoise dying because of it.
I am not claiming to be a vet, but I can tell you from first hand experience, it works for me.

well that's exactly the opposite........ it's not white.... not squishy....not compressible ....... it's brown and just as stiff as any part of his shell..., there is just a very tiny little crack out there
 
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