Is my Red Footed Tortoise Drowning?

I just got a Red Footed Tortoise and he went in his water pool/bowl and i went in to look at him and he was in the water and his head was completly underwater and he was sitting there. i got scared and took him out because I thought he was drowning. Can he drown like that or is that what he is suppose to do? I am worried please help. Thanks!

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Dec 24, 2010
by: Anonymous

It should be fine. Mine does that too. It'll stick it's whole head under for about 10-15 seconds then come up. The water is only around a centimeter deep.

Dec 21, 2010
Redfoot in the water
by: Anonymous

Try putting less water in the bowl. Usually the water is deep enough if it's just to the place where the top and bottom shells meet. As long as the tortoise is in reasonable health, it should be able to get its own head out of the water when it wants to if the water isn't too deep.

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