Please help...I work in a college biology department. We have a pet turtle named Teddy. She is (as far as I can tell) a Southern Painted, and she lives in a 10-gallon glass tank that's usually got about 2 gallons of water in it with rocks on one end so she can get out of the water if she wants to. Her shell has been "shedding" for a while and I didn't think anything of it. However, yesterday I noticed that one of the component pieces of her shell (I don't remember what they're called) is coming off. This really concerns me. She also seems to be losing the color on her shell. After reading another thread on this site yesterday, I set up a heat lamp at the end of her tank with the rocks. She eats just fine, but the shell thing has me worried. Any ideas??? Also, there is a filter in her tank.
My reccomendation would be to take her to a veterinarin. Somone who is trained in these instances will be better able to tell you whats going on as with out seeing it or having extensive medical knowledge in that field we cannott tell you what is going on with the turtle. You can find a herp vet, however most vets are trained to see turtles like these guys even if they dont see the exotics.