General Care Discussion :: Possible shell fungus/rot

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:38 pm   Possible shell fungus/rot

Hi guys. After seeing pics of your turtles it's occured to me that Bowsers shell isn't "right"

To describe shell rot... it's what he has except his shell isn't soft of smell bad. It's like his shell has turned lighter instead of the normal colour it should be.

I'll admit to neglecting him due to ignorance up to now but correct lighting and heat lamps are on the way. I'll post a link to a pic when I get home from work as I don't have a decent one on my phone right now.

If it IS rot... how do I fix it?

He's fine in himself - eating every day as normal and swimming around. Where I live is hot all the time and he has a heater in his water so he basks a lot and is happy as larry in the water. Im just worried it might be a bigger problem if I just leave it be.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:02 pm   Re: Possible shell fungus/rot

Look under your Hi ! introduction post and see my response today from that photo !

That picture shows very poor diet and you must give more attention to it. Read my comments and those link's provided !

Now if from a different angle you have another problem area yes post those picture to so we can help !

Turtles change color through all stages of it's life , that's normal , never keeping those baby colors again ! It will most likely end up very brownish to almost a black greenish color by adult. Even the patterns on skin will be reduced.

To try and fix see my response under your Hi post !

Can you answer these question's in some detail so we can help better: copy and paste them

How big is your turtle?
How long have you had it?

What is the water temperature?
Did you use a thermometer?
Are you using a water heater?
How much water is in there?
Are you using a water conditioner?
Are you using any filtration?

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

What have you been trying to feed it?
When was the last time your turtle ate?

How big is the tank/pond/enclosure?
Is the tank near a window?
Is the tank in a room with a lot of activity?

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

Is there any other unusual activity/symptoms?
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:12 pm   Re: Possible shell fungus/rot

Okay thank you I'll look now
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:37 pm   Re: Possible shell fungus/rot

Most shell issues are related to diet or fungus. Shell rot can be quite serious and may need medical assistance.
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