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Hi everyone,

I own a three year old Horsefield tortoise (Oscar) who recently has developed some sort of growth/scab on the side of his face:





It occurred like this and then grew out as if a scab (hollow + hard) had formed, however it continued to grow and sat on the side of his face. We have tried cleaning and bathing it but eventually the scab drops off and returns to the pictured stage above. It did this once, then grew back and has now returned to how it is above.

He has soft shaving bedding with pellets underneath and has a diet of mixed leaves with occasional peas and soft carrots. As we do not drive and with no tortoise specialist in the area we would really appreciate some advice, it's our first tortoise and so we are concerned as to what to do for Oscar.

Any help is hugely appreciated
 

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Roughly whereabouts are you, so that we can recommend a tortoise vet? How long has he had it? I would say it needs veterinary treatment as its not normal to have something like that on his face.

It does look as though his beak needs a trim - do you feed him off a piece of slate?

A diet of weeds is best (obviously there are not so many around at this time of the year) not peas or soft carrots.
 

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Lawson and Stokes are in Romford.
I would definitely get him/her to a tortoise vet, rather than trying to treat it yourself.
 

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Yes they are good vets. I used to take puppies there for eye tests! Your tortoise needs a course of antibiotics. It could well be an ulcer or abscess. They are very common around the mouth in reptiles.
Hope all goes well.
 
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