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Post Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:06 pm   shell problem

Hi guys.
I recently noticed that the top layer of a small area of my turtle's shell was gone. Like it was white. I don't know much about turtles so at first I thought it was just some kind of shedding. The white area started darkening so i thought the shell was recovering? But then a brownish kind of dent started developing there.
Does anyone know what is wrong with my turtle and how to heal her? Is it serious? I'm still trying to figure out what happened in the first place.
Thanks for the help!
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:40 am   Re: shell problem

It's probably some infection, do to an injury or breach of shell. If it's an active infection, you will need to get some treatment for it... how long has it been like that?
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:09 pm   Re: shell problem

i think around 4-5 days?
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:28 pm   Re: shell problem

Does she bask a lot? Is she with other turtles?
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:20 pm   Re: shell problem

A good amount. And I have 1 other turtle.
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:31 pm   Re: shell problem

Has it hardened up? If this was caused by the other turtle, then you will have to figure out their separation.
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:06 pm   Re: shell problem

I don't think it was ever soft. When it is dry, it looks the same except the brown dent is white in the center.
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:31 pm   Re: shell problem

What does it feel like? Smooth or rough?
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Post Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:51 pm   Re: shell problem

smooth
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:05 pm   Re: shell problem

It might get a little worse before it starts healing. Any luck with separation?
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:00 pm   Re: shell problem

So it should be fine if I just leave it alone?
I have temporarily separated them. Still need to figure out a permanent home for the second turtle.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:28 pm   Re: shell problem

Will it be fine? I don't know the extent of the injury. Sometimes the shells heal quicker when there is more damage, so something like this that is under the scutes might take longer to heal (if that makes sense).
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