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res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby vikas » Sat May 10, 2014 5:28 pm

hey guys.. anyone have any idea about res shell turning white? any cure or meds?


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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby Naufil » Sat May 10, 2014 5:35 pm

There can be a number of reasons for 'shell whitening'.

It will be much easier to pin point the problem if you will post some pics.

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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby vikas » Sat May 10, 2014 6:08 pm

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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby Naufil » Sat May 10, 2014 7:17 pm

hmmm...how long has this been going on? Also is the shell soft or hard to touch? (gently press it with your thumbnail to check)

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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby vikas » Sat May 10, 2014 7:39 pm

Naufil wrote:hmmm...how long has this been going on? Also is the shell soft or hard to touch? (gently press it with your thumbnail to check)

hmmm around 2 months and shell is hard.
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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby sub » Sat May 10, 2014 9:42 pm

what I remember my turtle's shell also change color during their juvi state , green to light green then again green but not this much light
what u feed , r u giving him sunlight bask, if u r not using uv light thn it is necessary.

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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby Naufil » Sat May 10, 2014 11:10 pm

The shell is hard. That is a good sign.
The white appearance of the shell can be due to mineral deposits. This can happen because of excessive hard water.
Put some vinegar on the shell and give it a scrub and be very gentle when you do that. And don't scrub off all the shell. It can stress the little guy.
Do this just as a test and scrub only a portion. If the white layer comes off it will be harmless mineral deposit. The rest will gradually wear off.
Well lets hope it is a mineral deposit. Post the results here when you are done.

sub wrote:.... r u giving him sunlight bask, if u r not using uv light thn it is necessary.

:1 Sunlight is very necessary for all reptiles, if you don't have a UV lamp.

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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby vikas » Sun May 11, 2014 8:07 am

Naufil wrote:The shell is hard. That is a good sign.
The white appearance of the shell can be due to mineral deposits. This can happen because of excessive hard water.
Put some vinegar on the shell and give it a scrub and be very gentle when you do that. And don't scrub off all the shell. It can stress the little guy.
Do this just as a test and scrub only a portion. If the white layer comes off it will be harmless mineral deposit. The rest will gradually wear off.
Well lets hope it is a mineral deposit. Post the results here when you are done.

sub wrote:.... r u giving him sunlight bask, if u r not using uv light thn it is necessary.

:1 Sunlight is very necessary for all reptiles, if you don't have a UV lamp.

will do it today and post the results. for how much time should i put the turtle in sunlight or uv lamp?
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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby sushant » Sun May 11, 2014 9:47 am

An hour or 2 in the morning or evening would be OK. Don't leave it unattended, one of my friend has lost his turtle to predators.
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Re: res turtle shell whitening

Unread postby Naufil » Sun May 11, 2014 2:48 pm

sushant wrote:An hour or 2 in the morning or evening would be OK. Don't leave it unattended, one of my friend has lost his turtle to predators.

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