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Dead tortoise or not?

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by ZEROPILOT, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I recently had a case where a tortoise had died unexpectedly. I planned to bury her the next day and when I looked the next morning, she was looking back at me, alive.
    A word of warning about tortoises that look dead. They can and do go into a coma like state and sometimes come back out. I've found that it is not all that unusual.
    I even touched my tortoises open and glassed over eyeball. No reaction.
    Any tortoise that has died I would strongly recommend that you wait at least two days to dispose of them. And do not assume that any tortoise with limp and dangling arms are dead.
    I almost buried a live animal.
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    Lyn W Well-Known Member

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    Good warning Ed - it's a horrible thought.
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    What species?
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    I have heard of this happening on several occasions.
    Be careful folks, be sure it's dead before you dispose of it.
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  5. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    My "DEAD" tortoise was a female Redfoot.
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    Excellent info. Every animal that I have ever had that passed in my home has been given at least 24 hours (or more) until I "called it". I have never been as fortunate as you to have one reanimate, but I have still had hope every time.
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  7. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    From what I now know. Stiff as a board and motionless= dead.
    limp and motionless= maybe not.
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    When my first tortoise died, he was lifeless,cold and there was a horrible smell coming from the enclosure. We buried him in the family grave at the end of the day. I sure hope he hasn't dug his way out the grave
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    I have heard rumors of a Zombie Tortoise.
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    I once buried a ;pet hamster that had died,and the next day i found him running around the garden
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    Yikes!
  12. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Hop he didn't hold it against you.
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    He never liked me to start with,he did live a couple more years though lol
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    I have never heard of this!! Wow!! Thank you for the heads up!
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    What did your tortoise look like? I woke up this morning to find my tortoise with his eyes closed and sunken in, his arms legs and head sticking out of his shell and his mouth gaping open. I'm desperately hoping he is just in a deep hibernation as I've heard of this happening but I don't know how long to keep him for before burying him
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    What kind of tortoise is yours? Put him in a warm soak and watch for response.
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    He is a Hermann Tortoise. I have wrapped him up in a blanket and placed him under a heat lamp and had no signs of response so far, will try soaking him in warm water now. Thank you
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    Up until his/her death or illness, how did you keep your tortoise?
    I wish you the best outcome, but maybe there is a reason that this little guy took a turn for the worse that one of us would see with a little help.
    can you post any photos of it's enclosure, lighting and tell us what foods you've fed and how long have you kept it.
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    He seemed very happy and healthy up until today, he's been a little off his food but I assumed that was due to it being near his hibernation time. His enclosure is quite small for his size but it was the one that he came with and I haven't been able to afford a new one yet but I rpeace his UBV light every six months as recommended. He eats mostly spring greens and loves his fruit!
    I've just been to check on him and his mouth is now closed, that's a good sign, right?!?
  20. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Yes. I would think.
    Make sure he is warm and leave him alone for a while.
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