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Stange stuff under scutes

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  1. riiko155

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    Hi, I was wondering if this is something to be concerned about. I have a 2 year old Pink belly side neck pretty sure female and under a few of her scutes it has a brownish substance. A few of the scutes are a little lose around the area and she has been basking alot lately. The substance is kinda brownish feels hard to the touch and is under a few of the loose scutes. Any ideas what it is? Thank you!

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    Is that tan area soft to the touch? Can you scrape it off? It sort of looks like he was too close to a light or heat source and the shell got burned.
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    The tan area feels fairly hard, the scutes above it are soft, I poked at the tan stuff and it doesn't seem to move, but it goes under the scutes so i didnt try to pick at it.
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    Two of my yearlings have that as well. It’s hard to the touch and it doesn’t smell. I heard it could be because they’re growing?
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    Well, it's not normal. @Markw84 - have you ever seen this?
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    Judging by your explanation, it doesn't sound like a burn/infection - but just in case it is, I can tell you that I used betadine and ssd (silver sulfadiazine) prescribed by my vet daily to clean off the area where there was shell damage and puss. Attaching a picture of my turtles shell which was a result of the light burning him.

    Just in case, what distance do you have the light from the turtle's shell, and what type of light are you using?

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