General Care Discussion :: Shell Health?

Taking care of your turtle's overall health.

Post Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:52 pm   Shell Health?

How's it going everyone? So last weekend I took my turtle out of the tank (for the first time in a while) while i cleaned it. She was out for a couple of hours during which she completely dried. while she was dried i noticed some discoloration in her shell. I've noticed it when she was in the tank but to me it looked like air getting under shedding scutes so I didn't really think anything of it. Since I've noticed I've been cleaning her shell with Chlorhexidine (soaking a soft tooth brush in it and scrubbing her every 10 minutes or so for about an hour) and pulling off loose scutes followed by a few hours of keeping her dry. it looks like it's getting better but don't know for sure and have no clue how long to keep doing this for. she has also been a lot less active than she used to be, not sure if it's because she's stressed from the daily cleaning or if it's something more than that. I was just wondering if this is the right course of action or if there's something else i should be doing. i have pictures from each day below, any help would be appreciated. thanks!

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Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:28 am   Re: Shell Health?

The shell looks the way it looks due to some irregular shedding and overfeeding. As long as there is progress on shedding by itself, then just leave it alone. It will take a few sheds to make shell look better.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:54 am   Re: Shell Health?

perfect, thanks. no signs of fungus/shell rot that you can see? should i stop with the daily cleanings?
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:10 am   Re: Shell Health?

I don't see any direct fungal infections. Yes, I would stop with the cleanings, and maybe do a gentle scrub/inspection every couple of weeks.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:51 pm   Re: Shell Health?

Thanks for all your help Steve!
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:00 pm   Re: Shell Health?

No problem, let us know of any progress!
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