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I have a baby red earred slider who has white spots on shell. What is the best way to treat this? thanks!
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I dont know if that really is fungus. The same thing is happening to my map, but i think he\'s ok, here\'s some help anyway...

Is the spot soft or hard? If it is soft, follow these directions that Deesygirl left for me when I asked the same question:

Shedding and infection/rotting are 2 very different conditions. Shedding is normal. The rotting is not a normal part of shedding. Here is some information taken from the firsat aid pages on this site.
6) Shell sores or holes in shell:

Remove your turtle immediately from the water and keep it dry. To prevent your turtle from dehydrating, soak them for 30 minutes twice a day. Sponge your turtle off with Betadine or Nolvosan several times a day, especially after soaking them. Keep your turtle warm. Drying out the affected area aids in the healing process. Take your turtle to the vet if the problem persists.

You can prevent this condition with a proper diet and clean water.


If your turtle appears to have lesions or ulcers on the shell you can suspect shell rot or shell fungus.

Shell infections can be caused from the bacteria called \"Beneckia chitinovora\". This bacteria comes from feeding your RES crawfish and shrimp.

Other infections are caused from tank decorations abrasing the shell. Make sure you use decor with smooth surfaces on them. Also make sure you keep your water very clean.

The best thing to do if this is the case is the dry tank therapy described above.

If the shell is hard in those areas, maybe it is just shedding. My map often has whitish areas where the scutes are beginning to peel off, but are still stuck.

Good luck!
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