My tortoise has died

Tortytim

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Hi. Unfortunately my 5 year old marginated tortoise has passed away. He is completely unresponsive - his feet are hanging out but don’t react when touched/tickled. He has had warm baths but there is still no reaction, and unfortunately his eyes are sunken so I’m pretty certain he’s died. The underneath of his shell has gone pink - is this a sign of septicaemia? If so, how is it likely he has caught this?
Also, while bathing him (I’m assuming he was already dead at this point) there was a smelly red tinted water come out his tail. Could this be linked?

I’m absolutely gutted that I’ve lost my baby at such a young age [emoji26] IMG_1581.jpg
 

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That's just awful! I'm so sorry this happened.

Unfortunately the only way to know what caused his death is to have a vet perform a necropsy.
 

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I am sorry for your loss.
She is obviously dead.
Was your tort good eating before her death ? Was she in hibernation ? How had been the temps in her enclosure ?
 

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Hi. Unfortunately my 5 year old marginated tortoise has passed away. He is completely unresponsive - his feet are hanging out but don’t react when touched/tickled. He has had warm baths but there is still no reaction, and unfortunately his eyes are sunken so I’m pretty certain he’s died. The underneath of his shell has gone pink - is this a sign of septicaemia? If so, how is it likely he has caught this?
Also, while bathing him (I’m assuming he was already dead at this point) there was a smelly red tinted water come out his tail. Could this be linked?

I’m absolutely gutted that I’ve lost my baby at such a young age [emoji26] View attachment 271621
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That's really tough. I am very sorry.
 

Ben02

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Hi. Unfortunately my 5 year old marginated tortoise has passed away. He is completely unresponsive - his feet are hanging out but don’t react when touched/tickled. He has had warm baths but there is still no reaction, and unfortunately his eyes are sunken so I’m pretty certain he’s died. The underneath of his shell has gone pink - is this a sign of septicaemia? If so, how is it likely he has caught this?
Also, while bathing him (I’m assuming he was already dead at this point) there was a smelly red tinted water come out his tail. Could this be linked?

I’m absolutely gutted that I’ve lost my baby at such a young age [emoji26] View attachment 271621
Oh no, that’s awful I’m so sorry:(

I’m no expert and don’t take my word for it but the darker colour in the middle looks like scepsis to me. Red/pinkish hue on the shell tends to be the end stage of scepsis but that’s spread so fast that I’m not sure.
 
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