White lines on red foot shell

Yvonne G

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New growth lines that are showing marbling. Quite ok.
 

Renrogo

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I’m a newbie to all the lingo - what exactly is marbling? Many thanks!
 

JTH

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Please HELP!
It appears that your tortoise is growing quickly. Sometimes the areas of new growth around the scute margins are not able to incorporate melanin as fast as the growth is happening, so the margins look lighter in color. Normally they will eventually darken. In some redfoots (esp cherryheads) there are naturally lighter areas that develop and may stay that way. Called "marbling", it is considered desirable and not harmful.
 

Renrogo

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It appears that your tortoise is growing quickly. Sometimes the areas of new growth around the scute margins are not able to incorporate melanin as fast as the growth is happening, so the margins look lighter in color. Normally they will eventually darken. In some redfoots (esp cherryheads) there are naturally lighter areas that develop and may stay that way. Called "marbling", it is considered desirable and not harmful.
Thank you!
 
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