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Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:32 pm   Is this shell rot?

Hello all, I have two male turtles about 16 years old now that I had ever since they were babies! I've noticed some hypo pigmentation of their shell and I am wondering if it is shell rot. Please refer to the images below. Thank you!

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:22 pm   Re: Is this shell rot?

Looks like it's just melanism. Pretty normal for male RES. Their red ears will become grayer and some of their stripes will become spots. Very helpful pics!
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:04 pm   Re: Is this shell rot?

Hey Steve,

Thanks so much for your reply! I am glad it is not shell rot. I was really worried. I was not aware of melanism and looked it up - definitely can see it in my turtles now. Their skin as gotten darker with spots too. Makes them look dirty lol. Thought I'd share a cute photo as thanks :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:19 pm   Re: Is this shell rot?

That is cute! I think he wants a chin rub :)

So both are kept together? They get along?
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