Shell rot?

waswondering

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So I live in Arizona and have my tortoise outside. We have pretty much 0 humidity so my question is do tortoise in Arizona ever get shell rot? I got one tortoise that has a lift on a plat and I'm not sure if its shell rot and I should be worried or if it's just some plats coming off. It's a 10 year old tortoise so a plat or 3 coming off would be crazy, but it looks much different then what I normally see.

What dose everyone think?

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SweetGreekTorts

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Where in Arizona? I'm south, in Tucson, and humidity is very high this time of year due to the monsoon season, even with the little rain we've gotten this year.

I don't see any shell rot in your picture, just looks very dry. Do you soak your tortoises at all or hose them down? I hose all mine down at least twice a day, and make sure they have plenty of deep shade and fresh, clean water.
 

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No, that's just new growth that's very, very dry. It would help if you soak the tortoise daily, then, after he's dry, apply some cold pressed coconut oil with a Q-tip. Don't allow the oil to stay on after a few minutes though because ants are attracted to it.
 

waswondering

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Where in Arizona? I'm south, in Tucson, and humidity is very high this time of year due to the monsoon season, even with the little rain we've gotten this year.

I don't see any shell rot in your picture, just looks very dry. Do you soak your tortoises at all or hose them down? I hose all mine down at least twice a day, and make sure they have plenty of deep shade and fresh, clean water.
I live in Phoenix. 11% humidity right now.
 

waswondering

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No, that's just new growth that's very, very dry. It would help if you soak the tortoise daily, then, after he's dry, apply some cold pressed coconut oil with a Q-tip. Don't allow the oil to stay on after a few minutes though because ants are attracted to it.
I have a mud pit for them that they are in most of the day. I dont know why it's so dry. The mud is also good to keep the mosquitoes off them. I also have a pool of water that's 6 inches deep that they go to and drink. I will try what you suggested and see what happens!
 
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