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Turtles/Does my turtle shell supposed to look like this or is it normal?


I have had this turtle for about two or three years and I just noticed the white little spots.
I was wondering if the shell is supposed to look like this.

Hi Nikita,

I can't really answer your question without a picture.  The spots could be any number of things from current fungus to healed shell rot.  If you can post back with a very clear picture of the shell, I can give you a better answer.  More specific information--species of turtle, exactly how you have it set up, etc.--would also be helpful.  Shell problems are typically related to environmental issues, such as a too-small tank, poor filtration, etc.  

I apologize for not answering sooner.  Usually I get an email alert for new questions, but I didn't get one this time for some reason.


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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