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Large Scute Shedding, white underneath, Shell Rot? Bacteria? Please Helps

sick turtle shedding shell rot

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#1 Mike Benson

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:05 PM

I have a RES, had him for a year, bought him when hes 3, I've seen him shed his scales before but now one of his main scutes is peeling up at the edges as if shedding but beneath it there is a whitish substance that does not look like a shell at all. He has sufficient basking area but the water has been fairly dirty this year I live in university and dont always have time to take care of the tank. That aside can anyone tell me what this might be or how to fix it.

I will post pictures when dry to show visible "whiteness" underneath the scute.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

One part of the scute is seemingly attached still while the rest is flaking upwards & there are signs of redness on the bottom of his shell along the "seams"

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:46 PM

I have better pictures, let me know if you can help!

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:01 PM

<div><font size="4">can you take the turtle outside and get a picture of the area up close?</font></div>
<div><font size="4">Sometimes mineral deposits or fungus can grow under scutes that are loose.</font></div>
<div><font size="4">Looks like your turtle needs a bit larger of an enclosure. You could use a rubbermaid tub and give him/her lots more swimming space. The are also easier to keep clean. </font></div>


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:24 PM

The tank is fairly large, its just a part of it there, im in university but plan to get him a larger one later, i've got another picture that shows it and will take more tomorrow, thank for responding.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:28 PM

the "white" substance does not spread to the other scutes but seems to stop short before meeting where the other scutes are joined

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