shell damage

  1. feefofum

    Black dot underneath the surface of shell?

    Hi everyone, As I was examining my marginated tortoise Houdini's plastron this morning after his soak I noticed a black dot beneath the surface of his shell at his left hind leg area. Attaching some pics here for reference. Sorry in advance that the pics came out a bit blurry; I had a hard...
  2. D

    Crack in Shell

    Hi, I noticed my tortoise has a cracked shell above it’s head. Should we take it to the vet or would it heal on its own with cleaning and antiseptic ointments? Tried calling a vet and they said they don’t deal with exotics, and the number they referred me to is out of order. Will definitely find...
  3. agnes&theo

    acquaintance's tortoise looks bad ... thoughts?

    A recent acquaintance got a Russian tortoise from a pet store on a whim (yeah) two months ago. No idea the age, though not a hatchling. The tortoise has been inside a 50-gallon tank with a UVB and fed romaine, bok choy, and kale (we already had a chat about improving the nutrition). But her...
  4. RatQueen_Irene

    Hatchling Stomach Shell Normal?

    Hello, I had only briefly seen my hatchling eastern hermann tortoise's underside, knowing they hate to be flipped over and it being dangerous, him only having arrived a few days ago. I've since noticed a sort of strange bumpy pattern near the center line. Is this normal? He's in a high...
  5. I

    Sulcata shell issue?

    So I've had my baby for almost three years now and all was well, her shell was perfectly healthy up until she got to big for her terrarium. At that point I got rid of the terrarium and set up a location where her heat lamp and uv lamp were set up for her to use as she pleases but I'd say a...
  6. snailpeekoutofshell

    Dogs got to my Russian

    I’ve read so many horror stories in the past couple weeks that I can hardly believe this happened to us. Currently my tortoise has been living in a temporary home and I bring him in and outside to get some sun and proper temperatures while I set up his enclosure, and to get some good running...
  7. B

    Shell Help

    Clearly his shell isn't doing too well. I've had him for a very long time, but have never seen anything like this happen. I Could really use some advice on what I should do to help him.
  8. K

    Crack on sulcata?

    Hi everyone, I am wondering if someone can tell me about this on my 7 year old sulcata’s shell. We adopted him almost 3 years ago and he had hardly grown (Was the size of a tennis ball) because he wasn’t cared for properly, but since we’ve had him he has had regular soakings and proper...
  9. S

    Turtle help

    Hello All, Today my boyfriend rescued a turtle from the woods in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the turtle was trying to cross the street . We noticed that his o her turtle shell was broken in several pieces. We need your help to heal the turtle and provide a good environment so we can reinsert put it...
  10. S

    Shell Help

    Hello! I’m new here and also new at being a tortoise mom. I recently purchased a baby tortoise (not from the best place but I didn’t like the conditions it was in and was hoping to give them a better home). Ever since I got it, the shell sort of has a dent and they’re doing great so far but I...
  11. D

    Help With Shell!!

    What is happening to my Sulcata’s shell and what can I do to help it??
  12. R

    Russian Tortoise shell

    Is his shell still ok? Should I take him to the vet? Please help
  13. Jason427

    I rescued a tortoise but I'm a first timer.

    Hello, I've been wanting a tortoise for a long time and did extensive research before obtaining this rescue. I got her from a friend who didn't want to look after her and was stuck in a shed so I've gave her a new home, but I need help!! She has been injured before and rewelded by the vet but my...
  14. ZeldaTheSulcata

    Shell deformity? Pyramiding?

    Hi there, I am very worried about Zelda, my 7 year-old sulcata tortoise. It looks like his shell has not been growing right - I’m afraid the pyramiding has gotten worse but now it looks like something else is wrong too. He’s grown extremely fast this last year.. and this...
  15. C

    Need advice/help withba sulcata

    I noticed today one of my Sulcatas thats very solitary and grunoy it seems, nit as active as my other sulcata that he lives with, hes always chilling by his self digged in or sleeping, the ither is always active and moving and aware as the other isn’t buthe seems fine and healthy. He gets active...
  16. NadineB

    Plastron looks weird/flaky

    Hello members, I own a female Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri, hatched in August of 2016, I've had her since 2018. Since then the living conditions have been in an outdoor enclosure, so I've got sunlight, shade, digging and hiding spots and a water bowl. I feed her a leaf & flower based diet and...
  17. E

    Damage to shell

    Hello, Noticed some damage to the underside of my 40lb Sulcata the other day. Can I treat it? If I can, with what? Thanks.
  18. S

    Help! What is wrong my turtles shell?

    recently rescued a red eared slider and while wet the shell looks ok but when out of water and dried it gets very white around the edges of the scutes. I own another ReS and ive never seen this before? what could it be and how can I fix it? edit: I feel like i should also add that the turtle...
  19. 07921sarah

    Scuffed/damaged shell help or advice do I need to do anything to treat this?