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Is this normal shedding?

Discussion in 'Common Health Problems, Injuries and Treatments' started by Samaraty, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Samaraty

    Samaraty Egg

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    Hi everyone,
    I have acquired a very mistreated turtle who existed for 4 years with no lights or filter and being fed only pellets. With the help of this page and the guys at Amazing Amazon I've gotten him fish to eat, proper lights, calgrit, etc. but now I'm really concerned about his shell. Its looked like this for a few weeks.
    None of it is bumpy, pitted or soft. He has a concerning mark on his undershell but I'm not sure if it's rot or he just ran into something.
    I've just started putting him outside for 20 mins in the afternoon sun but he HATES to be handled or out of his tank.
    Should I be worried?

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  2. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Hi Samaraty and welcome to AFT!

    If the area you are concerned about on the plastron of your Eastern snake-necked turtle/ELN is what I have circled in red in the photo below then don't be concerned, it is an old injury, or wound from previous shell rot and it has completely healed.

    The scutes on the carapace are lifting and will hopefully be shed in the not too distant future, especially if you continue the great work with the new diet, the sunning outdoors and the overall great improvement you have made to the husbandry of your turtle!

    Keep up the good work! There are many layers of old unshed scutes on the carapace that need to fall off by themselves and under your care I'm sure this will happen if you continue exactly what you have been doing.

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  3. Samaraty

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    Thanks so much for the quick reply!
    That's such a relief!

    You guys are such an amazing resource and help. Thank you!
     
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  4. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    You're very welcome!
     
  5. Aussiepride83

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    A little sun goes a long way. 10 mins, shed complete.
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