General Care Discussion :: Shell rot? Shell shed?

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:57 pm   Shell rot? Shell shed?

Hi! Would like to preface by saying that this is not my RES. I am helping a young friend who has limited access to care resources.

What is going on with his shell here? (Please click and enlarge for a clearer view)

1. In the brighter picture, there seems to be a bumpy appearance/layer on the scutes -- like tiny tiny barnacles? Is there a term that I can look up? How can I help?

2. Scutes seem to be shedding -- but the layer is thick. Retained scutes perhaps? Does it look like shell rot?

My friend absolutely loves his turtle, Bones. I want to help him improve the quality of care that he provides.

Any help and information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:52 am   Re: Shell rot? Shell shed?

I don't recall seeing that sort of condition before but it does look like the turtle was severely overfed which is leading to those thick rings around those scutes. I would do some gentle shell scrubbing and then carefully re-examining the shell again.
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