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Common Turtle and Tortoise Shell Problems

Are you aware that the shell of tortoises, as well as turtles, has two parts? The shell of these animals consists of the dorsal shell (the upper part of the shell) as well as the plastron or the bottom part of the shell. There are a variety of problems that affect the shell but the following are some of the most common issues:

Ulcerative shell disease (or shell rot)

A shell rot or ulcerative shell disease is indicated by pitting or the existence of white spots found on the shell itself, a lifting of the scute, or even a change in color. Shell rot can be brought about by a number of reasons such as environmental factors or even a minor injury.

Shedding of the shell

Just like the shedding of hair coat of dogs, the shell of tortoises and shell also go through a shedding process, believe it or not. An abnormal shedding could indicate a shell infection.

Signs of illness exhibited by your pet should warrant an appointment with your pet clinic Farmers Branch, TX.

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