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Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
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Experience:  35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
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Our ten year old male Redfoot Tortoise, in apparently good

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Our ten year old male Redfoot Tortoise, in apparently good health and sexually active with his female partner, spending part of each day outdoors feeding on Kale, Romaine, Apples and Strawberries, etc. in an empty kiddie pool with partial shade and water, as well as spending nights indoors (with water), died suddenly. We found him one morning with his guts having been expelled through his rectum. We were mystified by this as both he and his partner had great appetites and were very active.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 2 years ago.
Hello,My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ year with special interest in Reptiles and Reptile rescue.What you had seen is a Prolapse of the intestinal tract, Unfortunately this is a common problem in tortoises and other Reptiles. There are several reasons fr a prolapse. A Low blood calcium level can result in loss of strength of the muscles inside the cloaca. Straining to urinate, or defecate which can be caused by internal parasites, bladder stones, urinary tract or a gastrointestinal tract infection, a tumors inside the cloaca or constipation could have caused the prolapse. Even trauma from mating can cause a weakened cloaca which could have happened because as you said he was very active with the female.Unfortunately there is no way to know what the exact cause was without a Necropsy. I hope this information helps give you some peace of mind.My sincerest condolences.Joan