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Can you tell me if you have a Linear UVB tube or compact coil, strength and age of the bulb?
Have you given any soaks?
Does the tortoise move around at all?
Has your tortoise ever done this when the weather got cold?
Russian tortoises will hibernate in the winter time. They usually will burrow and go down in fall and will not emerge until spring time. During this time they will not eat, drink and they will sleep. He has prepared himself for a winter sleep. in some cases they will hibernate 9 months out of the year if allowed. Right now he is in Torpor, which is not a true hybernation. This sheet goes over hibernation and I will give you one more specific to the Russian tortoise:
I know this is unusual, but we see this quite often and may even indicate what type of winter is ahead. I live in Florida and have seen this in my own reptiles. I have some that never brumated and then all of a sudden as they got older would go down for a winter sleep. This is more geared to the Russian tortoise hibernation:
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I would Have the tortoise in the Herp Vet. for a Health Check-up. This is important to be sure the weight is good and he is healthy for the estivation. I like to use a Styrofoam cooler and use a good bedding for a burrow. The insulated box kept in a cool room of the house where the temperature stays between 40 and 60°F will work well for hibernation as long as he has been thoroughly examined and weighed. He should be soaked daily to make sure he is fully hydrated before he goes completely under.
Checking in to see how the tortoise is doing? did you get a hibernation box set up for your tortoise?
The Vet can do that for you with an injection. Kidney failure is a problem in tortoises, and I know you have done everything you can. Did they do blood work? Usually blood work would let you know if it is Kidney failure or something internal. Their life span is longer and should be treatable. I hate to see you give up on him. Please let me know what is happening and what decisions are made.