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Shell rot and soft shell

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by Whooo, Jan 11, 2017.

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    Whooo New Member

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    hi, paranoid tortoise Mum here again.
    My 7month old hermann appears to have some white on his underneath of his shell. His shell is also quite soft on the bottom and a little soft on top.
    Unsure what to do as not sure if it's shell rot or something bad?

    He has been having calcium and nutrobal etc and has uv etc
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    Here is a pic not really showing it completely it is white above the black bits near his tail

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    russian/sulcata/tortoise Well-Known Member

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    I see nothing wrong with the tortoises shell. Young tortoises have some give to their shells, his shell will harden as he gets older. Also remember daily soaks.
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    Welcome.
    can you show us the source of UVB that you are using?
    Is the softness a new condition?
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    Hi yep daily soaks :) and what age do they start getting harder shells
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    Only noticed it now byt only had him four weeks or so and got a uvb strip light 10.0 repti glo
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    The white strip is a normal growth:)
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    I don't see an issue either.

    How close to the tortoise is your UV tube? That type must be around 10-12" to be effective.
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    Hope so it just looked a bit uneven and funny you can't really see it in the pic
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    Yep it's about 11" away
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Then you should have any UV issues.

    The shell should have some give to it when pressed. More give on the plastron is normal. Sort of like a plastic butter tub lid. It should not feel spongy or squishy. It gradually hardens as they gain size.
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    Hmm I thought it was kind of squishy but am not very experienced so unsure as to how much like a butter lid it felt like , I'll keep an eye on him he seems fine in himself and loves causing mischief!
    What age do they start hardening up?
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    You can't really see it in the picture but it's almost like indents . The first two black shapes from tail up (it's at the top of those) in the middle
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