I am reposting this under a new thread because I was not getting many replies on the other thread and it is somewhat unrelated, so I figured I should make it a separate thread. King Tut almost lived up to his name last night...Instead he decided to play Jesus. With some warm soaking and a belly massage, I was able to get him to poop (yaay) and the black spot has moved a lot lower in his stomach. The poop was pretty big (at least compared to the poop I have seen in the cage) and somewhat explosive (not sure if that is how they normally poop, if it was because I stimulated it by rubbing his belly, or because of breaking the impaction dam. After that he seemed to be doing okay and was pretty alert so I put him back in his cage. Later at night, I put in some crickets and a few meal worms and noticed that Tut was not moving...or breathing... I took him out of the cage and he didn't try to run away like before and was very limp. My boyfriend and I both looked at him and after a while decided that he was definitely dead (recently enough for Rigor Mortis to not have set in yet). There was NO sign of life - no movement, NO breathing, no response, no eye movement, nNOTHING no matter how long or how closely we looked. I felt SO terrible! I thought that maybe there was a chance he was just passed out or something (I was feeling desperate), so I put him over the heat pad part of the tank to give him one last chance at life (just in case) while my boyfriend and I went to pick some stuff up. When we got back, I looked at him again and still saw no breath, but I watched for a few more minutes...and he started breathing!!!! I had put him in a plastic bag (only after we had determined that he was not alive) to keep the crickets and other lizard off the body if he was indeed dead, but I left it somewhat open for air in case he was not, so as soon as I saw breath I took him out and put him back on the heat pad. Then, as we watched he came back to life! He started taking bigger breaths and more of them, then slowly opened his eyes and began to look more alert. He still would not scare or respond when I reached into the cage, but he slowly began to move a little bit. A few hours later, he seemed almost More active and alert than before! (Still would not eat - that I saw). Both my boyfriend and I were completely lost. We have both had (some) reptile experience (I have an Iguana and he grew up with a Schneider Skink) and I have had animals all my life and neither of us has ever seen such a thing. Has anyone ever seen this before? He was literally not breathing or moving for at least an hour!