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I have a red eared slider who has developed shiney silver ...

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I have a red eared slider who has developed shiney silver spots on her shell is she ok and how do i get rid of them
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 9 years ago.

Turtles shed their skin and the scutes on their shells gradually, rather than all at once like lizards and snakes. Sometimes as a scute starts to loosen, air will get trapped under it. It will appear as a shiny silver spot. This link explains more about turtle shedding (scroll down to the topic you want):

The silver spots are harmless, but you should keep an eye on them. The loose scutes sometimes provide an opening for fungus or shell rot. If you notice white fuzz, softer spots on the shell, or discolored spots (other than the silver), you'll want to start treatment right away. This doesn't happen too often, but you just need to be aware of the possibility.

These silver spots will disappear when the scute they are under comes off.

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