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Post Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:05 am   Turtle Shell Problem - Advice Please!

Hi, today I have notice a white residue on the bottom of my turtles shell. The area is not soft, does not smell but it sort of flaked off in a powdery substance. I have attached a picture of the area below. A little background story about her is she came from a very poor environment when we adopted her. She had no basking are for the first 8 years of her life. Since we have taken her into our home we noticed she had some serious shell problems. Since then we have taken her to a vet and she has been given a clean bill of health until I noticed her shell today. Any idea what it can be? Im praying it isn't shell rot but I have given her a wash in betadine and put a good quality antibiotic cream on the area. This is a special cream for her shell infection our vet gave use, SSD Cream 1%. The previous shell infection was on the top of her shell and has since healed.

How big is your turtle? - 7 inches
How long have you had it? 3 weeks

What is the water temperature? 80 degrees
Did you use a thermometer? yes
Are you using a water heater? yes
How much water is in there? 55 gallons with an external basking area. The whole 55 Gallons is for her swiming area. Our Vet said this is perferct for her size.
Are you using a water conditioner? yes
Are you using any filtration? yes

What is the basking temperature? 90 degrees
Is there a basking light? yes
Is there a basking platform that is easy to climb on? yes
What kind is it or what is it made out of? turtle topper
Is there a UVB light? yes

What have you been trying to feed it? Fresh, Green, Aquatic Plants, Limited turtle pellets by Reptomin
When was the last time your turtle ate? today

How big is the tank/pond/enclosure? 55 Gallons
Is the tank near a window? Yes - No direct sunlight come through the window.
Is the tank in a room with a lot of activity? mild activity

Have you read the Basic Care section? yes
Have you searched the forums for similar situations? yes

Is there any other unusual activity/symptoms? No
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:57 pm   Re: Turtle Shell Problem - Advice Please!

Hard to tell from the pic, any chance you can post a larger one? SSD Cream is great for fungus, which this might be.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:25 am   Re: Turtle Shell Problem - Advice Please!

Here is a larger photo, this is the largest one the site will allow me to upload.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:15 pm   Re: Turtle Shell Problem - Advice Please!

Mostly looks like fungus... there could have been a few layers of infected scutes.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:15 pm   Re: Turtle Shell Problem - Advice Please!

Photos from tonight's nightly check and treatment.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:26 pm   Re: Turtle Shell Problem - Advice Please!

Looking much better, great job!
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