Why is my turtle getting white spots?

Also, it’s important to note that hard water doesn’t always look like a chalky residue covered over a large part or all of your turtle’s shell. It could show up in the form of small or tiny white spots on your turtle’s shell. This is a sure sign that its calcium carbonate and due to hard water.

How do you treat skin fungus on a turtle?

Treatment of fungal infections… The first part of the treatment is to clean the animal off, using a very soft toothbrush and some hypoallergenic soap, we use Dawn dish soap, anything fragrance-free will do. Don’t use too much, just enough to soften and remove the main growths of the fungus.

What causes white spots on a turtle’s neck?

Appearing as either small patches or large areas, white spots can also be present on the neck and legs. In general, they have three main causes: mineral deposits, shell rot, and shedding of the skin and scutes.

Why does my box turtle have white spots on its shell?

Bacterial infections cause a wet rot and fungal infections cause a white rot. Most cases of shell rot occur in aquatic species but land species of box turtles and tortoises can also get it. The signs of wet rot include: a spotted discolored shell that is soft which may or not smell rotten.

What to do if your pet turtle has shell rot?

Luckily, treating this mild form of shell rot is not too difficult, as all that is needed is to place the turtle in a dry location, note which scutes are infected with fungus, lightly scrub its shell, apply a betadine or povidone-iodine solutions and let it sit outside of the water for a few hours.

What kind of diseases can a pet turtle have?

The six most common pet turtle diseases or conditions are: 1 Swollen eyelids. 2 Bacterial eye infections. 3 Hypovitaminosis A. 4 Abscesses. 5 Respiratory diseases. 6 Ulcerative shell diseases (also known as shell rot).

Why does my turtle’s shell have white spots on it?

An easy way to tell if your turtle shell’s white spots or chalky residue is to put a little bit of plain white vinegar onto the affected parts of its shell and see if it fizzes. This is a sure sign that its calcium carbonate and due to hard water.

What does it look like when a turtle has mouth rot?

Mouth rot or Necrotic Stomatitis is often caused when a long term illness allows opportunistic bacterial or fungal infections to infect the mouth of your turtle. This can look like the following: cheesy white growths, pus and dead tissues, red and black blisters on the tongue or palate of the mouth.

What’s the best way to clean a turtle’s shell?

Here’s what you do: Put a few cups of distilled water into a bowl. Drop a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the water and mix it with an old toothbrush. Make sure your turtle’s shell is completely dry. Lightly brush your turtle’s shell using the toothbrush.

Why does my turtle have a lump on the side of its head?

If you notice lumps, bumps or swelling under the skin of a turtle, it might be a sign of an abscess. These can occur pretty much anywhere on a turtle. Turtles are susceptible to middle ear infections which can result in an aural abscess that can be seen on the side of their heads.

How do you get rid of fungus on Turtle skin?

Soak him in a commercial antifungal solution for turtles, or prepare a solution of 1 part povidone iodine to 100 parts water. Soak your pet in enough solution to just cover his shell for 15 minutes, daily until all signs of the fungus are gone.

Is it OK to pet turtles?

Generally speaking, turtles don’t like to be picked up and petted. You will find however that some turtles don’t mind and may even enjoy it. There is a correct way to touch them and you must be careful. If you touch their shell they’re likely to hiss and even bite you.