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Turtles/Russian Tortoise Cause of Death


Spaz wrote at 2014-03-30 23:04:16
Don't feel bad, mine tortoise died recently too. Tortoises are experts at hiding illnesses in the wild and because of this there is little to no symptoms they are going to die soon until its too late. After some scanning, it turned out my tortoise was having organ problems caused by a worm. It's unfortunate but just don't be upset and make sure your wife isn't feeling guilty because this is usually the case.


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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