Unhealthy turtle shell
March 24, 2010 8:16 PM Subscribe
How do I take care of my turtle's unhealthy looking shell?
posted by ayc200 to Pets & Animals (6 answers total)
I inherited a 4 inch turtle from a friend who moved away. It's a deep brown shell with a black head and yellow streaks spotting the sides of its head. I was told it's a female.
It likes to lay in water. I am keeping it in a 25 gallon tank with a shallow basin of water a large drying rock and a reptile UVB lamp.
The underside of the plastron is smelly, and the area of the scutes underneath have a brown sludge between them, kind of like old mortar between bricks. Scraping gently with a fingernail removes some of this gunk. The edges of the upper carapace feel slimy and have the same gunk. I am soaking the turtle in a solution of 1 tsp aquarium salt to 1 gallon room temperature water for half an hour, then rinsing her off. I put her to dry in the tub for two hours.
I am feeding her chicken and lean beef. She doesn't seem to want to eat the meat coated in Reptolife plus Vitamin powder, so I've just been feeding straight meat. The carrot shreds I provide prove less preferable than the meat.
What can I do to stop the shell from deteriorating and grow healthier?