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My Turtle Scratches His Shell Too Much.

Discussion in 'Turtles' started by Sk8gal, Jan 27, 2008.

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  1. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Shadow, my red eared slider, is scratching his shell a lot on a rock.
    he seems to enjoy it, but over the last few weeks, it seems he's scratched off the green color of his shell. In fact, his shell looks...white. Soldier is beginning to do this also. Will they be alright?

    P.S. Jimmy has about a week left of his quarantine, then I'll put him in with the other turtles.
  2. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    It could be 2 things. Hopefully they are shedding there scutes. On the other hand it could be shell rot. I know from your past posts that your set up is just as it should be, if you can maybe take them to a vet and have them checked out.
  3. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    It's kinda wierd, I actually saw my turtle scratching himself and little green shavings coming off. He's acting quite normal, though. I'll post pictures when I find my camera.
    I looked at shell rot pictures on the internet, Shadow and Soldier's shells are not bleeding or red though, maybe just scute shedding.
  4. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    That doesn't sound like scute shedding at all. It sounds like their scraping their shells too deep, possibly to the bone. I'd remove the rock. If the rock is essential because it holds up a basking area, then replace it with one that they can't scratch themselves on. If it's just decor though, it ought to be removed, just to be safe.
  5. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    I have a dock for them. The rock provides shelter for feeder fish, just to give them a chance to live. It doesn't look like the turtles are scratching to the bone. It isn't deep, it just looks like the turtles are scratching the color off. I'll get pictures in soon.
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