Please help -- my tortoise died

by Sam
(UK)

My 2 year old Hermans tortoise has died. He has been eating very little but I was told that that would happen at this time of year. I got him Sept time from a family and he had been kept in a vivarium which is how they bought him.


I have been bathing him in warm water twice weekly and he has fresh water and fresh food daily. He passed his last poo 2 days ago and although I didn't see him eat anything yesterday I wasn't really too worried as he appeared active and healthy (eyes and nose clear). I have just gone to give him his bath today to find him lifeless, eyes closed and sunken in.......

I am devastated and feel so bad that this has happened.

What could have gone wrong???????????

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Apr 19, 2019
Terrance
by: Anonymous

I'm 99 % sure my 6yr old herman tortoise is dead. He passed some clear sticky fluid from his tail after a soak. Up until them he seemed fine. Then stopped eating .went into a sleep. Legs ,head were limp. I took him to my local vets but they couldn't tell me if he was dead. His eye s are closed but sunken now..
Hasn't gone hard or smelling bad yet .don't know how long that takes??

Feb 27, 2019
hibernation
by: Anonymous

The sunken eyes could mean trouble.

Feb 24, 2019
sunken eyes in hibernation
by: Arnold.Arthur

my baby arnold is 1 and he is in hibernation for the first time. he isn’t moving and his eyes are sunken. i’m scared for him

Jan 07, 2019
Just Lost My Guy
by: Frankie

Had Galileo for about 10 years. Bought him when I graduated from college. He always had a lot of pep, but over the last year or so he started to seem more sluggish. I also noticed a fair amount of skin shedding form his neck over that time. Did some research on it and ultimately chalked it up to regular reptile shedding. But not sure if that had anything to do with it. I will admit his diet wasn't very varied (mostly romaine lettuce), but he pretty much refused to eat any other fruit or vegetable I put in his tank. Seemed to suit him just well for the majority of his life though.

I'd love to know exactly where I went wrong. If anyone has any useful insight I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Sep 22, 2018
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you did all you could for your friend.

Keep it slow and steady.

Sep 14, 2018
My Herman passed away.
by: Shano

We had Henry for around 6 years, he got fatally sick from about 3 and stopped eating because his mouth became limp, the vet told us it was some kind of bacterial infection in his system. It was so sudden and I paid quite a lot for him to have an apparatus put on him to help get food into him until he recovered. We were told that he didnt have long, he did start to eat again on his own and would shuffle his way into little sun spots if we let him out. He didnt grow very much, but seemed to have so much energy, soon he was stamping around when he was hungry, climbing things, he was a little trooper.

We lost Henry some time in the night, despite all the money I spent I could only keep him going for 3 more years. I hope that he didnt suffer too much, I am truly broken over his passing.

Jul 12, 2018
Left away
by: Anonymous

M tortice has left me by on month later we got a another tortice so I keep together in a small tub new one is bigger than olds so old one not going down to eat food few day later it's. One night it's floating so I removed it from water and kept down I moved the legs but no response so I conclusued that that was died so I felt very sad for leaving me why it died I want if you know please reply I am waiting for your reply

May 11, 2018
🐢
by: Anonymous

My tortoise is dying as well. I got to know it too late, even though we took great care of him he is slowly dying due to my negligence. He has vitamin A and D deficiency and eye infection. We are doing our best to save him, but hopefully he makes it through.

May 10, 2018
Help
by: Anonymous

My tortoise is dying. He has vitamin A and D deficiency, His eyes have infection. We take good care of him but he stopped eating a month ago and became extremely lethargic. The doctor is saying that he may not survive and I don't want to believe it. I'm so heartbroken. He will be 4 this December and I don't want him to die.

Apr 06, 2018
Farewell Old Friend
by: Anonymous

The Tortose I had shared the world with for 50 years yesterday passed away. Shortly relocated and the neighbours at the previous address where hammering and drilling for the past couple of months....I believe they disturbed his sleep so he used all his reserves...

When he awoke he was dehydrated but would not eat or drink. The day was sunny and warm so I took hi out to the grass and tried to get him to eat. He moved a little and then when I returned was still Forever.

I suppose some would say 50 years is pretty good but could be more because he was a fair size when I was given him when I was 11. Its just such a loss of a friend...not a cuddly creature nut one who shared the path and not many will....

From Shelly,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It is always hard to lose a friend.

Keep it slow and steady.

Mar 28, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
by: Shelly

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

I am happy that you did what you could for a tortoise for as long as you could. It is hard to lose that battle.

Keep it slow and steady.

Mar 28, 2018
Loss
by: Anonymous

This morning I came home from work and my wife told me one of our tortoises died. Shelly was a rescue from a co-worker and she had lots of medical issues. The vet said her liver was failing a few weeks ago and that is likely a side effect from her previous living conditions and health. We are grateful she mad it this long with us. She was loved by all 4 of my family but very special to my kids. It'll be hard to tell them.

Miss you already Shelly.

PS. To the creators and editors of this "blog" if you will. Thank you for keeping this going. I'm from MN and most dont understand the love we have for our tortoises. Please keep up the good work.

Mar 02, 2018
sorry
by: Crystal

so sorry

well buy another one

Jan 18, 2018
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss of George.

Take is slow and steady.

Jan 13, 2018
RIP GEORGE
by: Anonymous

My tortoise George Best died he did have some health issues and started not to eat. I did not hibernate him because of his health. I found him this morning passed away. He was 14 yrs feel sad that he didn't get to live a good age.

Oct 24, 2017
Even i lost my indian tortoise feeling bad
by: Alisha

I lost my tortoise sudden death. I am in shock. And she was facing leg problem where poison was spreading all over her body. Doctor gave medicine and there was improvement but on Tuesday night she took deep breath and she died. I miss u

Sep 25, 2017
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss.

I cannot say from this distance what has happened.

Aug 21, 2017
My Tortoise Dead and I Have Idea Why
by: Sarah

Hi All,

I'm looking for answers and maybe someone can help?

I got two southwest desert tortoise two years ago and named them Ike and Tina Turtle. Ike has always been stronger, more playful and a great eater and would drink water. Tina has always been more reserved, not a good eater and would only drink water from time to time. But I thought this was just her personality.

I went to check on them yesterday and Tina was not able to move but her eyes were open just a little bit and her mouth was covered in white powdery stuff. It was Sunday night so I couldn't find an emergency doctor who was open, the closest one was in La Mesa which is an hour and 15 minutes from my house. When we got Tina there they couldn't find her heart beat, which I'm pretty sure that means she died in the car ride.

Does anyone know what this could be or what the white stuff on her lips could be? I was wondering if she eat something that could have done this. We have tons of gofers in the area but we NEVER use any poison for this reason along. I feed there so good and even made them a swim in area for them to get water so I know she had everything she needed.

Jun 06, 2017
Sam (UK)
by: Anonymous

Dear Sam

It seems like you were providing excellent care. Doing all you possible could to provide a good home. I would not give up hope It may have been the tortoises time. Please give another needy Tortoise a home. You sound like an excellent Tortoise Keeper

Michele

Jun 01, 2017
Dear Tullulagh
by: Anonymous

Dear Tullulagh I am sorry for your loss of your tortoise It sounds like you are very experienced. Losing a Tortoise friend hurts a lot. I too lost my sisters tortoise today. My sister moved here from another state. She gave me her tortoise to take temporary care of that she has had for over 12 years. He came to me and seemed to be in good condition. He got a very sudden respiratory infection and died the same day I was going rush him to the vet. I am devastated this is going to be a big loss for her as she just lost her husband as well. I guess I underestimated the toll moving from another state would have on the tortoise. Im not sure what could have happened. I have 3 Russians myself that I have had for 23 years successfully. Anyway I wanted you to know you are not alone in your suffering.

May 28, 2017
Tullulagh
by: Anonymous

My tortoise died yesterday she was a very poor eater. We are devasted as now we only have her brother. Her eyes were sunk in and her back legs are limp. We tried putting her in room temp water to see if she was just dehydrated. The question is now what do we do with her? What's the best thing to do?

May 15, 2017
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss.

Hold your good memories close.

Keep it slow and steady.

May 13, 2017
Horsefield past away
by: Anonymous

We lost our horsefield yesterday our little rocket. He was lifeless and no reponse from him at all. Tried bathing him, left him overnight warm in the hope that he was just in really deep sleep. My son pet and he is devasted. My love goes out to to u all who have lost their pet devasting.x

Feb 02, 2017
sad but true
by: an owner

if you bought it from a pet shop that is probably the reason

Jan 16, 2017
My tortoise passed away just now
by: Shan

My tortoise died just now before I came home from work. She was not well for quiet sometime. She wouldn't eat properly or drink water. She had breathing issues which I never noticed only when my doctor told I saw a lump that formed near the side of her neck. My doctor told she had hepatitis and her shell was all soft. She was so adorable. She used to come out of her shell when I used to slide my fingers on her forehead softly and slowly. I used to play with her my slightly touching her feet trying to tickle when she used to hide and go back in her shell. I am going to miss her so much. I'm sorry to read that you too have lost your loved ones. I have the male left which I plan to give away and after I don't plan to have tortoises. Please pray for me baby.

Dec 28, 2016
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss.

It is always hard to lose a good friend.

Keep it slow and steady.

Dec 14, 2016
Tortoise
by: Don

Today i found my tortoise dead when i came home today and I looked at him for a while a game him a warm bath because that usually makes him happy and this time he didn't come out of his shell it was almost his birthday and he died 5 days before it. i double checked if my tortoise was dead i've noticed that his legs were limp and his head was all the way out but he was still cold. so i checked again after calling the vet and when i came back he smelled really bad and he wouldn't move.

Sep 11, 2016
My tortoise has passed and I'm clueless as to why.
by: Anonymous

My squirtal butt, spur thigh tortoise passed away today. I have no clue why or how. She ate today all her food I come back out to check on her and her head is in her shell. She only doe that if she scared but comes back out rather quick. She didn't come back out, I walk to her and pick her up still no response. Took her inside wetted her down but still nothing. I have no clue. She was so active yesterday and ate well today. My heart is broken. She was getting so big. She was suppose to out live is all.

Jul 05, 2016
So sorry for your loss
by: Shelly

I have no idea what went wrong, but I do understand how sad you must be.

Keep it slow and steady.

Jul 03, 2016
Our lovely Tallulah passed today
by: SP

Such a sad day as we found our lovely pet tortoise Talullulad dead today, she has been in good health like her brother Elvis and although she was considerably small than he brother, seemed to be in good health, unfortunate we found her on her back, feel really bad, what could have happened?

Jun 07, 2016
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss. It must be very confusing not to know what happened.

Keep it slow and steady.

Jun 05, 2016
devastated
by: Anonymous

I'm in such a state devastated is understatement both my tortoises died today I got them 6 years today they were in the garden whilst I was out there enjoying the sun and I rushed them to the vet to be told there dead no explanation why how I'm gutted

May 03, 2016
So sad
by: Shelly

I'm so sorry your pet died. It sounds like it was quite ill. Very often, by the time you know the animal is ill, it is already very ill.

Keep it slow and steady.

Apr 28, 2016
Was my tortoise dead
by: Anonymous

We got our tortoise for out daughter when she was 2 we had him 12years he stopped eating so brought him to the pet shop and was told he needed more of him heat lamp for energy so that's what we did. I got a smell and found him in his tank with limbs and head hanging out when I picked him up he was lifeless and let off a foul smells gas which seemed to deflate skin around his neck I put him out side till my daughter came home to him but now his head was in so I'm now wondering if I put him outside prematurely and d cold killed him 😭😭😭 needless to say we're all heartbroken

Mar 22, 2016
sorry:'(
by: Sundus

I'm so sorry for your loss. My tortoise died today and I feel really bad, I just can't help but cry.

Aug 27, 2015
How sad
by: Shelly

I am so sorry to hear about the death of your friend! And under such strange circumstances. I have never heard of such a thing, but it seems it does exist.

My condolences.

Keep it slow and steady.

Aug 27, 2015
RIP
by: Anonymous

My tortoise died earlier today, she was 4 years old. We were told she had a prolapse, the vet checked her and said she had male parts too and so couldn't pass 5 eggs, she was given injections which were unsuccessful in moving the eggs. So, she had an operation to remove them and neuter her under anti-biotics, the operation was 2 and half hours long and was successful, just 20 minutes later her heart stopped.

RIP 27/08/15

Sorry also for your loss

Jun 20, 2015
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have good memories to hold onto.

Jun 20, 2015
Dinky
by: Anonymous

,y totoise died today 20th June 2015. Had stopped eating for a few days. But nothing else seemed wrong.went into the garden ,and dinky was lifeless.we arje all devastated .she was 15 years old.

Nov 17, 2014
I'm so sorry.
by: Adeyemi

My tortoise just died, this night, November 16, 2014, so I understand the pain. I am young, 16, and was 11 when I got my young Adrian. I was not a bad pet carer, but you are far better than I. You did all you could, and again, I am sorry for your loss

Nov 05, 2013
So sorry
by: Shelly

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It sounds like you did everything you could.

Keep it slow and steady.

Nov 05, 2013
RIP
by: Anonymous

Our beloved Henri (Horsfield) died today we are devastated he was having an op due to a blockage of the intestine, we are all inconsolable he was the heart of our family, I feel your pain RIP

Feb 13, 2012
So Sorry
by: Shelly

Chris, I'm so sorry about your loss. Sometimes we just don't know what has gone wrong. Enjoy your memories of your pet.

Keep it slow and steady.

Feb 12, 2012
I'm sorry for your loss.
by: Chris

My Russian Tortoise died the same way today. He was eating normally and seemed active if not more than usual. Yesterday I noticed he wasn't eating but he was extremely active. I went to feed him this morning and he had passed in his sleep.(I know he was alive when I went to bed) The worst part is not knowing why he passed.

RIP Oogway Selecky

Jan 12, 2011
hibernation
by: Robaloie

I don't want to be one to say you are wrong. However do you know if the tortoise is just hibernating? I had a friend once who mistakenly thought her tortoises died, when they had just went into a deep hibernation because they got too cold.

Jan 10, 2011
Tortoise
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for your loss, it could of been so many things, and obstruction in his body, a disease he could of had before you. Just know you loved him and that this wasn't your fault.

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