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Discolored shell

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by snaofreno, Aug 9, 2013.

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  1. snaofreno

    snaofreno Member 5 Year Member

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    What is wrong with Lola's shell? My friend is asking and I don't know the answer.:tort:

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    It looks like someone has treated the shiny scute toward the rear with an oil of some type. Try a soak and lightly rub the shell to see if it changes the look.

    Also, put a few drop of water on the shell and see if they react the same on all parts of the shell.

    Good luck.
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    I second the oil possibility.

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    Whodathunkit! I was so afraid to tell my friend Lola has a disease. So there are no diseases that would affect just one scute? We shall try the water test and report back.
    Thanks, all. :tort:
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    Yep, looks like she rubbed up against something and it polished her shell. :)


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    I have seen my torts scratch on a bush and shine up there butts

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    Shell looks fine to me. That one scute is just cleaner and either damp or has something on it, like previously mentioned.
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