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How to Easily Fix Shell Rot in Turtles

today we're going to be looking at how

to treat shell rot in Turtles


the shell rot is something that can

happen in Turtles most often in semi

aquatic turtles and unfortunately it's

somewhat common even though it can be

avoided it usually happens when a char

doesn't get the proper heating or

basking areas that they need so that

they can actually dry out their shell so

what ends up happening is their show

basically just starts rotting away it

can be really dangerous if it gets to a

certain point what luckily is not too

difficult to treat it just takes a bit

of time and patience to do it so I have

a ten and a half year old ready or

slider named Franklin I got them about

six months ago and the previous owners

never really gave him the proper basking

or heating that he needed so he did

develop a lot of shell rot mainly on the

top of the shell near its head you can

see the before right here all of that

discolored white area as what started to

rot away and then afterwards

now he's cooking like this and that was

after about two to three weeks of

treating it he does have one tiny spot

that I'll be using to show you how to

treat it today and like I said it's not

too difficult but you do need a couple

supplies chances are you're going to

have a lot of this stuff already however

you might need to buy this important

ingredient and you're going to need

something that can kill those germs more

specifically it should be either

betadine or what I'm using poo the dome

iodine both of these work just fine but

the povidone-iodine has worked well for

me in addition to that you're going to

need just some paper towels you might

want to glove to avoid getting the stuff

on you you need some sort of mild soap

that isn't going to irritate the turtle

and you're going to want a toothbrush

this toothbrush should not have been

previously used you don't want to give

the turtle human germs and obviously

this isn't a toothbrush you should use

later because you don't want the turtle

germs in addition to this we'll need

access to a sink so we're going to go

over to that now so right here we've got

our turtle and I'll be treating this

very white area right here today

the first thing you want to do is simply

wash the turtle and remove anything like

any dirt any algae

things that won't necessarily hurt it

but you want to remove this thing so

that you can really cleanse the actual

shell rot and get that fixed so what I

do is I take a little bit of that mild

soap and then just rub it onto the area

now the hardest part is keeping your

turtle in an actual grip and not

dropping it while you're doing this but

I have a wet toothbrush and I'm going to

try and just firmly clean this area

clean any area that your turtle has that

she'll run again this soap simply

removes anything that might be in the

way of actually fixing that she'll Russ

really make sure you get into every

little crack in between every little

scoop to make sure you get anything out

that can be there next I'm going to go

ahead and stick them under the sink and

rinse off all of this soap do your best

to keep everything out of the turtle

space because you definitely don't want

to irritate your turtle I get anything

in its eyes so you should do everything

downwards and try and hold the turtle at

this position whenever you can I'm going

to rinse the toothbrush off and give it

a scrub just with water to make sure all

that stuff is out of there he the trolls

getting a little slippery now that he is

wet so you got to be extra careful to

make sure you always have a grip you

might even want a second person to hold

the turtle how you do this so now that

spot is clean I'm going to take some

paper towel you can probably just use a

napkin or a towel or whatever

click ease in mind the betadine or the

povidone-iodine it's going to stay in

anything it touches and it does not come

out I can guarantee you so I'll just dry

this whole area off it really doesn't

need to be too dry but you don't want

any standing water that's going to get

in the way of the bacteria killing stuff

once the turtle is basically dry you can

go ahead and get ready to add this

chemical I'm going to go ahead and just

drip a little bit of this out make sure

you're aware of how fast it comes out I

might just use my finger of course

you're going to need to wash your hands

real well after this I'm just going to

make sure I cover that whole area and

everything around it and I just a couple

more drops there really shouldn't take

more than like five or ten drops

probably and now you've got that all

covered with the iodine you can really

just kind of rub it to make sure it gets

into all the cracks what this is going

to do is kill any bacteria that

eating away at the show so that it'll

stop eating away at the show and begin

to heal itself so now that everything is

on there what you really need to do is

just make sure this is able to get dry

you definitely shouldn't put your turtle

back in the water yet you're probably

going to want to let it sit out for 10

to 20 minutes is best just as long as

possible until you know that this has

gotten time to absorb and soak in and

it's all good to go

usually I'd let him run around on the

carpet however this will definitely

stain the carpet if any drips off so I'm

just going to keep them up on some dry

areas that cannot get stained remember

to clean everything up and wash your

hands after this shouldn't hurt you

since it can be use with people too but

you obviously don't want to ingest it or

anything so I kind of lied I went ahead

and let him hang out on the carpet

nothing should drip at this point and

he's just kind of walking around and I'm

going to let that air out for a good few

minutes it's been about 15 minutes now

and as you can see nothing is coming off

everything is dry right there so let's

get to go and now he can go back into

his enclosure and that's really all you

need to do it's best if you do this

daily try and not miss any days but do

it daily for a couple weeks and it

should start fixing or be nearly

completely healed by the end of those

few weeks if it still goes for like past

a month then you might want to go check

out an exotic set or something because

it really shouldn't take too long so

that's the process I followed to treat a

ton of shell rot on the top of Franklin

right here and I'll be doing the same on

the back end this spot let's all be it

for this video hopefully it helps out

let me know if you know any other tips

to help others in the comments on

treating shell run so that'll be it for

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