what is a sign of soft shell???

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crckhead654
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is white kinda powder (not cottony) a sign of softshell, it only appears when my the one is on land is it sofshell or just natural? it is only behind the ears thanks bye
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movin it up
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You can\'t see the shell is getting soft. You can feel it though. Here is a link with various health problems for turtles. Metabolic bone disease is what you are speaking of when you say soft shell. The symptoms you are giving sound more like something else. Here is the link http://www.web.ms11.net/happyturtle/medical.html Mariza can be of more help and she will most likely respond to your posting. Good luck!
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If it`s behind the ears, it`s not even on the shell is it? What does the shell itself feel soft? Is the turtle listless and refusing to eat? The powder you describe sounds like some kind of residue in the water. Are you using turtle blocks by any chance? If I`m misunderstanding you, and the problem is with the shell, you might want to take a look at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/medshell.htm which describes metabolic bone disease (soft shell) as well as a number of other shell problems.
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it is just powder nothing else i was worried but they live in my sunroom (heheheh)so i guess they r fine they actually eat very greedily no im not using turtle blocks do those keep the water residue free thank for responding
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Do you have a lot of mineral in your water? We have a high mineral content in our water and if the turtle gets out of the water and the humidity is high enough that the water doesn\'t evaporate before the basking lamp can dry the water it can cause the mineral in the water to deposit on the skin behind the ears. It should also show up on the shell to some extent.
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My turtle\'s shell becomes whitish when he is dry as well. I think he is about to shed scutes. That is probably the case with yours as well. Watch for any edges of the scutes to start lifting. The vet recently saw my turtle and I asked about it and he is fine. Has your turtle grown some recently? If so that is probably what is happening.
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where are the shutes
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Scutes are the round portions that make up the shell. Here are some links with the anatomy.
http://www.web.ms11.net/happyturtle/anatomy.html
This one shows a pic of the shell.
http://www.resoasis.com/care.htm
I recommend doing a search in google to really research sliders like I did. I got a lot of great info and saved it for future use.
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