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  1. georgecarlintheredfoot

    georgecarlintheredfoot New Member

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    I am a new tortoise owner. I have a Redfoot Tortoise hatchling and I’ve noticed some unusual spots in between his scutes. I was unable to scrape or clean them off. Is this marbling or rot? I cannot tell.

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    T Smart Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I don’t see anything abnormal, just slight pyramiding.
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    My hatchling is having the same thing, did it get worse?
  4. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    That's not shell rot, it's what we call 'marbling.' It's just the color the shell takes on as he grows.

    Here is a RF tortoise with marbling between the scutes:

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  5. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    To me it looks like hard water staining.
    At any rate, we are in agreement that it's not a fungal issue and it's nothing to worry about.
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