Soft plastron, possible shell rot?

temp415

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Hi,

I noticed when I was bathing my Greek tortoise today that his plastron felt softer than normal. I also noticed some white spots next to the bottom-centre ridge of his plastron (photo attached) and am now worried that he may have shell rot. I don't think he has MBD as I make sure to give him a good calcium-rich diet.

I got him some time ago and I don't think we can afford vet treatment. I'm just really scared, overwhelmed and not sure what to do. If anyone has any help or advice, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

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ZenHerper

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Welcome!

MBD in reptiles is a complicated metabolic problem that involves calcium, yes, but also Vitamin D3 and exercise. Too much calcium can cause problems as much as not enough.

What is your tort's diet? All foods and supplements.

What kind of uvb radiation does your tortoise get?

What species of tortoise is this? (The surface of the plastron in the photo above looks normal.)

Please post a good photo of the habitat and light fixtures.

Post a clear photo of your tort standing from the side...so we can see the entire animal from head to tail.
 
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