- Mar 5, 2018
- Location (City and/or State)
- Southern California
I know he could have lived a long time, I always looked forward to living my life out with him. I did a lot of searching but without knowing the name of what happened to him, I couldn’t find anything. I looked up various ways of “redness under shell” and couldn’t see anything that looked like him. I searched this forum and made a membership too but couldn’t figure out how to write a post until I found that I could download it on my phone. By that time it was obviously too late anyway. I did look for help..all over...nothing really helped me.
I’ve trimmed his beak before too and would try to get it shorter I but could never get a good grip on it, he didn’t let me. I didn’t want to stress him out or something by forcing it. A rock would’ve been a good idea. His mouth opened wide enough to eat though, I made sure of that. Same with his claws, I didn’t want to hit the nerves by trimming myself. I let him roam freely a lot in the house but he didn’t move far, since the day I got him he wasn’t very active. I just thought he was grumpy...
I hope he’s feeling healthy and free up there too and that someday I will be able to forgive myself for this. I can’t believe how oblivious I was and it’s really been eating away at me that I let this happen [emoji20][emoji20][emoji20]
I completely understand, and I'm sorry that you're getting all this hate for it, I can tell you're heartbroken over it. Mistakes happen and unfortunately someone was at the receiving end of it, but I'm so glad that you understand the mistakes you made and feel remorse. I can also see the hesitation of cutting his claws/trimming the beak without any experience. In the future I hope that more attention is paid to the creature, of course you know this. Also, if they're is some sort of exotic pet veterinarian, doesn't have to specifically be for reptiles, I would go there if you get another tortoise just so they can give you some information on it directly from a credible source. This website is great, but it can leave you confused and overwhelmed with information. I wish the best of luck to you and hope that things go okay from now on.
Also as a reply to everyone else: this post should be kept up because it's a valuable source of information for sepsis in a tortoise, signs of a passed tortoise, and also to show how to better care for a tortoise. Yes the pictures are a bit graphic, but like the author of the post said, they could not find any information of 'redness under the shell' and the like, so this can help in the future and warn new pet owners of the dangers of sepsis and such.