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scar or fungus in the shell?

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by Istvandowsky, Jul 28, 2019.

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  1. Istvandowsky

    Istvandowsky New Member

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    Hello friends, I have a red-legged turtle for a year under my care, I see that it has a white "line" between its plates, I arrive with that but I don't pay much attention at the beginning, this line is not easily "removed"
    when scraping it,

    I would like to know your opinions, thanks

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    In my opinion, I would say it’s not a scar or fungus, but looks more like some coloring of the scutes. Seems normal really.
    @Toddrickfl1 can probably provide some info as well as @ZEROPILOT

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    That looks like it's the start of Marbling. It happens in Cherry head Redfoots. Nothing to worry about. The white might spread too. This is mine IMG_20190115_184157042.jpg
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    Yes, marbling! I couldnt think of the proper word! :)
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    Oh God, and I, in my ignorance, scratch it to try to remove it, thank you very much for solving my doubts
    Oh God, and I, in my ignorance, scratch it to try to remove it, thank you very much for solving my doubts, By the way, very beautiful your tortoise!
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    thanks for the response and the welcome!
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    One more question, why is the beginning of the Marbling, a matter of age or sex?
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    Not sex, happens in both males and females. It's pretty random actually. Sometimes happens in young torts sometimes older torts. It may spread more it might not. Here is a picture of a Redfoot where it really spread. 125856DSC02810A-med.jpg
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    I would agree.
    And it generally fades away with time, unfortunately.
    I think it's very attractive
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