PLEASE HELP....IS THIS SHELL ROT!?

SunniRaee

New Member
Joined
Oct 3, 2017
Messages
24
Location (City and/or State)
Maryland
Please help. I've had my little men since 09/2017. I've noticed that Leo and Ralph shell is starting to look ashy and has these spots. Also I've noticed that Leo skin and the top of his head is a little darker. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN!? HELP!!!

Leo2.jpg Leo.jpg My Babies.jpg
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
93,625
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
I don't see "ashy", but they both look fine to me. Shell rot happens when the shell is subjected to constant moisture, especially pee, so it usually happens on the bottom shell.
 

SunniRaee

New Member
Joined
Oct 3, 2017
Messages
24
Location (City and/or State)
Maryland
Ooh, phew! Well why does his shell have the white spots? He didn't have those when I first got him. Also, the white rings around his shell.
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
93,625
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
The lighter color between the scutes is new growth.
 

SunniRaee

New Member
Joined
Oct 3, 2017
Messages
24
Location (City and/or State)
Maryland
Okay I was so worried! The coconut oil is that okay to use on their shell. I heard it would kinda cook them under the light.
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
93,625
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
If you'd like to use oil of any kind on a shell, here's how I do it:

1. Wash the tortoise well with soap, water and a brush. I use baby shampoo
2. Dry the shell completely
3. Apply a thin coating of oil and allow it to absorb for about a half hour
4. Polish off the oil with a clean, absorbent towell, cloth
 

New Posts

Top