General Care Discussion :: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:06 am   Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

My turtle shell keeps losing its colour and it's getting whiter , what's
Going on ? How do I provide a picture ? It says file too big
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:54 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

Likely it's fungus. If the picture is too big and you can't size, try a 3rd part host (imgur, photobucket) or email it to me redearslider@gmail.com
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:22 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I sent an email , my email is kylewoodhams@live.com
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:18 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I don't seem much pyramiding, but feel free to review the diet.

The white does look like shell fungus. It's better to treat it before it gets out of hand.
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:55 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

How do I avoid shell fungus?
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:02 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

oh and how do I treat it?
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:13 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

Thanks for the new photos. The best treatment requires a medication called silver sulfadiazine cream. You'll need a place to dry dock your turtle and apply a small amount of the cream. It could take only a few days, maybe a week to treat.
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:25 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:46 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

Shell rot is not fungus Check this thread viewtopic.php?t=10839
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:51 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

That's awesome, so all I have is fungus right? Phew, I thought it was shell rot but it showed no symptoms of it, thanks a lot man, i'll keep you updated but do I just apply the cream on the entire shell and then dry dock it for how long? Or do I apply cream on infected areas and how long should I drydock it for?
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:38 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I prefer to do this overnight to maximize the cream, plus your turtle can safely quietly sleep during this time. SO dry dock for 30-60 min to make sure the shell is dry first, then apply a very very thin layer to the affected areas. In the morning, wipe any residue left and put him back into the tank. The cream is a little greasy, so your turtle might be a little slippery.
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:51 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I couldn't get the cream anywhere where I live and my local pet store recommend I scrub the shell with a toothbrush and hydrogen peroxide 2 times a day and let it dry dock. Will hydrogen peroxide work ? All I have is hydrogen peroxide sadly..
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:54 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I tried it this morning
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:41 am   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I do not know what hydrogen peroxide will do. The cream requires a prescription, though if you have a family vet you can ask for some. You can also find it online.
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Post Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:14 pm   Re: Baby RES turtle shell turning white ?

I have a baby Mississippi Map and he has the same fungus on his shell . I don't have the money for a vet bill .. but when I searched  silver sulfadiazine cream . A Silver antimicrobial gel came up . Is that the same or ? I'm also going to try what @iamsifter did with the peroxide. I also have epsoms salts . Just don't know if that'll work or not .
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