White on rim of shell (cherry head red-foot)

tillythetort21

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Our baby cherry head red-foot tortoise is developing this whiteness on the bottom rim of her shell & it’s now on her belly. Any ideas what it could be? The internet has said anything from simple signs of shell growth to shell rot & we just want to make sure we’re leaving it alone if it’s nothing but taking action if it is a concern. Thank you!!
 

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ZEROPILOT

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It looks like some sort of an abrasion to me.
It does not look fungal. Even just because of the location. But also because it looks like the same area/height all of the way around.
Just a guess: it could be hard water stains from a soak, also.
 

tillythetort21

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It looks like some sort of an abrasion to me.
It does not look fungal. Even just because of the location. But also because it looks like the same area/height all of the way around.
Just a guess: it could be hard water stains from a soak, also.
We do use tap water and I looked up photos of others stains from hard water & it looks like you might be right, thank you! So in order to avoid this should we use distilled water? Or what kind of water should we use? Thank you!
 

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You can still soak her in your tap water. When you get her out of the soak, give her a good spraying with distilled water to rinse the hard water off.

You can also use rainwater or RO water...I use distilled.

Her water bowl for drinking should be tap water. She needs the minerals in the water.
 

tillythetort21

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You can still soak her in your tap water. When you get her out of the soak, give her a good spraying with distilled water to rinse the hard water off.

You can also use rainwater or RO water...I use distilled.

Her water bowl for drinking should be tap water. She needs the minerals in the water.
This is incredibly helpful, thank you so much!!
 
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