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shell turning white
Posted: 22/08/2012 by phillippa0202

i have 2 terrapins one of which is turning white round the edge of its shell, its a bleach stain white, what could this be. also my other terrapin seems as though its shell is peeling what could this be also. please reply im really worried

Re: shell turning white
Posted: 26/08/2012 by DavidWYork

Hi there. Many years ago I kept terrapins, until they were too large for my tank so they were re-homed. I do, however, remember feeling like you do when shell changes occured. I was relieved when the offending white shell plates fell off like dead fingernails to reveal dark, patterned new shell below!

So I reckon this is a normal growth effect. Are you giving then calcium supplements? I used to grate cuttlefish onto food and feed them in a tray when they were hungry and they wolfed down whatever I gave them.

I hope a current terrapin keeper will pick up your posting and confirm my suspicions...I could be wrong of course.

Regards, David nr York


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