Is my Russian Tortoise dead???

Animallover1303

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I got him three days ago and he’s been sleeping quite a bit but I heard they do that when they are stressed (change of environment) but I can always wake him up. This morning it is raining and he is not waking up. Usually I’ll rub his shell and he’ll wake up and this morning he is non responsive. I pulled his limbs slightly and it’s stiff, I put him in water and no movement, and I put him under his basket light and still nothing. It never gets colder than 74 in my house and he has proper lighting and I even take him outside.
Did he die?? I feel awful
 

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Crush da Baum

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I am so sorry. Sometimes things like this happen. It was not you fault. Did you get him from PetCo or PetSmart? They tend to get their Russian tortoise’s from wild caught suppliers that are not reliable. I would leave him out for a day or two. Sometimes these guys miraculously come back from the dead.
 

Animallover1303

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I am so sorry. Sometimes things like this happen. It was not you fault. Did you get him from PetCo or PetSmart? They tend to get their Russian tortoise’s from wild caught suppliers that are not reliable. I would leave him out for a day or two. Sometimes these guys miraculously come back from the dead.

I got him from a reptile store. I’ll leave him outside and see if anything changes. His legs are more limp but his arms are still retracted
 

TaylorTortoise

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Poke his limbs and see if he budges. They have fast active reflexes and can sense your touch.
 

Animallover1303

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I had a Russian tortoise before and this one was a lot less energetic and didn’t eat. I thought maybe because he was shy or scared. I would keep the shell but the store told me I had to bring him in to get my refund. So they just threw him away like trash. Shows how much they cared about their pets. Thanks everyone for your kind words!
 
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