Is my tortoise dead?

by Anneke Duvenage
(South Africa)

This morning I found my tortoise on the grass. Normally when I pick him up, his head comes out to greet me.

This morning he did not stick his head out. I tickled his one foot, which he just pulled in deeper. His head is behind his front legs.

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Feb 16, 2011
Tortoise trouble
by: Anonymous

If your tortoise can move its foot, it's not dead, but when an animal changes its behavior in a troubling way, it's time to see a vet. First, I would give the tortoise a warm soak, just in case the problem is temperature. But I would probably follow that with a vet visit in any case. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Best wishes.

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