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My Russian tortoises shell

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by makandcheese0718, Mar 21, 2019.

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  1. makandcheese0718

    makandcheese0718 New Member

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    I just purchased a Russian tortoise a few weeks ago from a pet store and his shell has been concerning me can anyone help? IMG_2528.jpg IMG_2530.jpg IMG_2534.jpg IMG_2535.jpg IMG_2538.jpg IMG_2539.jpg IMG_2540.jpg IMG_2541.jpg
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    Hi
    Wow that doesn't look good at all. I would take to see reptile vet get advice. There maybe something they can do to help. I. So sorry that this poor tortoise has not been looked after. Thank God you've got it. I don't know if this can be reversed but it can't get worse. Sorry if I've not helped much but did see none had answered so here's my little input. Hope it works out.
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    I'm by no means an expert, but that looks like shell rot to me.

    Try treating it with athlete's foot cream daily 7-10 days after cleaning the shell with warm water and a rag or toothbrush ... I bet you'll see an improvement.

    I rub a small amount of a homemade lotion on my tortoise's carapace and plastron once a week, which may or may not help his shell, but I'm positive the weekly inspection is a good thing.

    Good luck and congrats on your new tort!

    Jamie
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    Wow really using athletes foot cream works on a tortoise shell? Would never of even thought of that at all. But good to know.
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    To me it just looks like normal wear and tear for a wild caught Russian Tortoise, which is what you have.
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    Not shell rot, and nothing to be concerned about. Like @Toddrickfl1 said, it's normal wear and tear on a wild-caught tortoise. Just provide warm water soaks and you can take a soft toothbrush to scrub the shell to clean it up.

    I do recommend a Vet visit to have it checked for parasites. Wild-caught tortoises are prone to having them, and it's treatable with dewormer.
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