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Spotted turtle hatchling has soft spots on plastron

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  1. Pastel Tortie

    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    This is one of the baby spotted turtles we bought in August. The other one seems to be doing fine, but this one has a couple places (symmetrical) where the plastron is soft. I'm wondering if it's shell rot or what... And how do I need to treat this tiny turtle?

    I'm going to try attaching pictures to the next message...

    Although I keep getting a "server error" when I try to attach a file via mobile device... So it may be a little while...
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Still getting a server error. Thanks all for your patience.
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    Im getting the same message today, can't upload any pics?
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Glad it isn't just me. Nope, won't allow me to upload pics. Still. At least for now.
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Still no luck with the pictures.
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Still getting the server error message when trying to upload pictures...

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    Am I missing something?
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    Baby spotted turtles have a big solid black blotch that pretty much takes up the entire center of the plastron. it can vary in size, but it should be pretty solid block with a well defined edge. My baby spotteds that hatched in late August all have quite hard plastrons now. Is the soft spot changing the uniform black color of the central plastron? If shell rot, you would see some whitish areas.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I wish we could upload pictures. I would show pictures of some of my spotted tanks for the babies and yearlings. Young spotted do like to bask and they need to. But if there are not a lot of good plant hides in the water where they can hang and feel secure, I find they do not like to bask as much. They spend a great deal of time hanging in plants near the surface. If they have that security, they will then spend quite a bit more time patrolling the bottom, searching for food, and then basking. My spotted habitats are more plant than open water.
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    would also love to see your hatchling / yearling habitats when uploads come back
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    I would love to see some pics......Thanks
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