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Sudden Death in Aldabra

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by wellington, Jan 27, 2018.

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  1. Sesel

    Sesel Well-Known Member

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    Depending on age/size it can take a few days/weeks (less than a year old) to a few months (~3 year old). That's what i remember. I cannot say that is what is happening in this case. Just sharing our experiences and throwing ideas around.
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    Thank you. Very informative. I’ll have a read of the list. Maybe we’ll stop the mange tout as well. What else do you feed yours?


    ha k you
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    Im my opinion let an experienced vet do an autopsy to be really sure... that is the only way to find out what happend.
    Everything else is telling fortunes - sorry to say!
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    Their main diet for now is hibiscus leaves and mulberry leaves.
    We are trying to slowly move their diet to grasses, but it's not been easy :rolleyes:
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    Sadly we do not have such services available here otherwise I would have.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ I so agree, speculation is only opinions and theory, an autopsy is the best!
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    I kind of felt that this (an autopsy being the best route and only way to know for certain) was a given... It's still worth encouraging investigation, she has more torts in the same environment. I just didn't think it needed to be said.

    There are loads of areas where a decent vet will not be available. Stupid to shut this down.
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    You have hibiscus leave addicts too! :)
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    One thing I did not see mentioned is the possibly of sand impaction in the gut somewhere? Make sure food is fed where there is no sand.
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    That is something I hadn’t thought of. Their food is served on a plate to them, but they do end up dragging it through the sand and they like to bury themselves in the sand as well.
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    I am so so sorry about losing your dear friend. It is my worst nightmare. Don't give up. I wish you the best with your baby.
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    Sorry about your losses. My first thought is that the older one you got may have been kept with other species of tortoises and contracted any # of bacterial or viral diseases. Then transferred it through feces contamination to others. 3rd still not showing symptoms as of yet. Necropsy and pathological work ups should be performed.!!

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