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He has white spots on his shell on the upper right side. Should I be worried?

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White spots on your turtle's shell can be indicative of several conditions, ranging from fungal infections to mineral deposits.

Fungal infections are common in turtles and can appear as white or discolored patches on the shell. These infections often arise due to poor water quality or an inadequate basking area where the turtle cannot fully dry off. To address this, ensure that the water in your turtle's habitat is clean and properly filtered. The basking area should be warm enough to allow the shell to dry completely, which is crucial for preventing fungal growth.

Another possibility is that the white spots are mineral deposits, which can occur if the water has a high mineral content. In this case, using a water conditioner that is appropriate for turtles can help to balance the mineral levels in the water.

Perform a thorough cleaning of the tank, including a water change and filter cleaning. This will reduce the potential for fungal growth and other pathogens. And ensure that the basking lamp provides adequate heat for the turtle to dry off completely after swimming.

If you notice additional symptoms such as loss of appetite, shell softening, or the white spots spreading significantly, it would be prudent to seek professional help. These could be signs of a more serious condition that requires medical intervention.

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