Posted by Ranger Mike on June 13, 2002 at 13:46:17:
Hi! I work at a nature center and we've been keeping an eastern spiny softshell turtle here for about 2 years. Recently it has developed 2 dark brown lesions/blotches on its carapace. One lesion is about 1" by .5", and the other is about .5" in diameter and irregularly shaped. You can see the turtle's spots faintly through the lesions. They don't look like fungus (we've dealt with that before). The edge of his shell is also starting to wrinkle a little.
His apetite is still good, but he doesn't seem to be as feisty as usual (he doesn't try to bite!).
Does anyone know what the lesions are and how/whether they can be treated? Thanks!