My Turtle's Shell is Discolored; For Why?

Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
Several months ago my red-eared slider's shell began losing the green color of his carapace in some spots, resulting in several yellow splotches (with most towards the front of the shell). I took him to a vet that had experience with turtles (he even had a 50 year old red eared slider at his office), and he seemed to think my turtle wasn't getting enough UVB light. I bought a spotlight lamp to replace the fluorescent tube light I had been using.

While the discoloration isn't getting any worse, it also isn't getting any better. Does anyone know what I could do to restore my turtle's carapace coloration? Is there a possibility the condition is irreversible?

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    How long has it been?

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  • Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    About five months. He isn't acting oddly or as if he is sick as far as I can tell.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    Are you using UVB bulbs specifically for reptiles?

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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    It may just be a matter of taking time for the coloration to change back. How quickly did the discoloration occur? I'd wager that it would definitely take at least as long to change back.

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  • Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    Are you using UVB bulbs specifically for reptiles?

    I'm using Reptisun bulbs.

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  • Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    Here's what his shell used to look like:

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    Here's a picture of what his shell looks like now.

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    I haven't been doing anything different, and he doesn't act weak or anything. The shell doesn't feel soft either.

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  • azith28azith28 Registered User regular
    Has there been a guy named mario hanging around?

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Does he smell? It might be shell rot.

    But yeah seems more like UVB/diet/age type discoloration otherwise.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • HaleskarthHaleskarth Registered User regular
    While I don't personally have the answer, in trying to find it I came across this site.

    Some of the turtles there seem to have the same thing going on as yours, similar spreads to the discoloration with no smell/softness. Might be able to find the answer you seek.

  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    I am not a veterinary and you should talk to your veterinarian, I do not know anything about turtles or turtle shells, but:

    That look like a a fungal infection. Like, do turtles get fungal infections on their shells? Because if they do, I would bet that it's fungus.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    @The Ender they do, shell rot is what it's called.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • Hexmage-PAHexmage-PA Registered User regular
    The vet doesn't think it's a fungal infection. My turtle has had a fungal infection before, and it caused a fuzzy patch.

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