Oh, Sweetheart! I am so, so sorry to hear this!!!! You know how many baby torts unfortunately meet this fate... Way too many are bred purely for profit without any regard for their wellbeing. You are the best young pet owner I've ever met! I hope my 11 yr old daughter (my grandtorts' mom) starts spending more time on TFO more, and modeling you. Take your time to grieve this loss and come back to us as soon as you are ready. In your grief please shower your remaining pets with love. Doing so has always helped me deal with a loss of a pet. Take care
This is basically not true, Abigaaailllll. When a tortoise is on its back for any length of time, all the inner workings inside the tortoise's shell press down on his lungs, and make it difficult for him to breathe. If he's under the light too, he dies quickly. We have determined that Spud's mum's tortoise has died.
I too lost a tortoise because it was on its back. I came home one day to find one of my Manouria in her back...45lbs worth of tortoise, and one I raised from a hatchling. She was already dead when I found her. My guess was that one of the other tortoises flipped her.
So sorry for your loss! I know you said you are going to take a break from the forum, but just don't beat yourself up for your torts passing! Many on this forum have experienced loss just like you. Myself being one of them. Wish you the very best and hope you find happiness in another tort one day!
I'm very sorry.
You are always so upbeat, I'm especially saddened that this has happened to you.
If it helps at all, the only tortoise that I ever lost to death was a three week old Redfoot.
He flipped over while I was at work. So I do understand your loss. It's much harder when it's such a young and inexperienced tortoise.
So sorry to hear about little Darwin. It really is a tragic accident. There is no way you could have forseen this happening and we know from your posts here that you do everything and anything that you possible can to care for your torts. Take the time out that you need and just remember that everyone here on the forum will be right here for you when you return!