Question about a red foot that is living in my yard?!?

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Hello fellow south Florida Redfoot keeper!
I'm I bit north of you in Sunrise. South Broward county.
It does get just a bit too cold for comfort here outside. But we've had very mild winters here the last few years as you know.
My REDFOOT all live in an outdoors enclosure. I only bring them in if it'll be below 50° because I have heated houses for them. But they're not well insulated.
Yours has and can continue to survive outside and he looks like he's doing just fine.
You should provide some type of shallow pan that he or she can climb into to soak and drink from.
Feed fruit, hibiscus leaves and flowers, cactus, mushrooms and some boiled egg.
However, if you have any issues, I can assist you in making an enclosure, etc or in relocation.
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Honestly! Those white spots look just like where keratin has been scraped off by contact with something like rock or cement blocks. I think a fungus diagnosis is just plain nuts and overreacting.
 

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I'm not sure a vet can help with the carapace...it looks like she's wedging in and out of somewhere, a/or is being chewed by rodents...
That's exactly what I was thinking...scrapes over and over again. Maybe that's rubbing on against something regularly.
 

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Honestly...I'd leave him be, no Vet, no feeding, just fresh water. He's done great by himself, he does not need intervention. Leave him alone and simply enjoy him. Just my personal opinion
 

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Honestly! Those white spots look just like where keratin has been scraped off by contact with something like rock or cement blocks. I think a fungus diagnosis is just plain nuts and overreacting.
I dunno what y'all are seeing I see 100% shell fungus. It usually starts on the plastron then moves up. Notice how its heaviest on the marginal scutes, closest to the plastron? Screenshot_20210427-093856~2.png I'm willing to bet money if the OP posted pictures of the Plastron it would be completely covered.
 

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I dunno what y'all are seeing I see 100% shell fungus. It usually starts on the plastron then moves up. Notice how its heaviest on the marginal scutes, closest to the plastron? View attachment 324002 I'm willing to bet money if the OP posted pictures of the Plastron it would be completely covered.
The picture is so blurry; it's so hard to see. Loser buys cheeseburgers...I think...I didn't see the extent of the white. Couldn't scrape where it is...I owe you a burger...oh goody, a road trip!!!
 

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Deal, but dollar menu cheeseburgers, I'm on a budget over here 😁
You win...damn. Off the top of my head I'm thinking it's about 3000 miles...

You can Door D*sh that stuff to each other, y'know. =))

Pending new plastral photos, let's hope its non-mammalian abraision. Treating a feral tort for fungus and finding the mud hole won't be fun.
 

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I should get him help for his shell though. when I see him again ill have to catch him and take him to the vet just to make sure he's ok
If it is shell fungus.
It might still be treatable with simple athletes foot cream. And that can be found at the dollar store. It's quick and effective.
However, if it has been an ongoing fungal issue, it could have become shell ROT. And will need veterinarian care. Because that requires antibiotics and is no longer fungal in nature. Think of shell ROT as an advanced stage of shell fungus. However, it can take hold from other types of injuries also.
My guess is that it looks like shell fungus. And if I (and @Toddrickfl1) are correct, that plastron is going to be in horrible condition and does need swift intervention.
My vet is BROWARD AVIAN AND EXOTIC in Deerfield beach, north Broward county. Well worth the drive from anywhere in south to central Florida. If vet care is needed.
As south Floridians, we are headed into our rainy season soon. Great for a Redfoots humidity needs. Bad for a fungal issue.
I don't know how familiar you are with tortoises, but he will not bite you and you will not harm him by lifting him up to take one or two photos of his underside. (Plastron)
That will allow us to help you help him or her.
About the "everything he needs to eat is in the yard".... Just because he's alive, you know that that is mostly true. However, there will still be large parts of the diet that he is lacking. His need to have access to water daily is lacking. His protection from wild animals. Mostly dogs. Protection from the cold And his physical condition at the moment show that he has merely survived. Probably out of pure luck so far.
As I previously mentioned, setting up a secure and safe enclosure and making sure his needs are met would be in his best interest.
It wouldn't take much extra work. Just living here in south Florida makes it pretty easy to care for a Redfoot. My six all live outdoors and do very well. Making sure they have a nice life is simple.
 
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