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Beginner Mistakes - commentary

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by GBtortoises, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Sam&TillsTortugas

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    Great information Tom! I'm wondering if I should add any substrate to my outdoor enclosure. I have native species and am using the land that was already there. I have a bunch of sand back there, although I added some soil for softness and for some plants i planted. What would you recommend and why is sand dangerous ?
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    This is an excellent post, full of advice that not only helps new tortoise owners but reassures inexperienced owners (such as myself) that we are doing something right! Wish I had seen this when I first got Toby, it was a steep learning curve trying to figure out what was best for Toby and this would have given me a head start. When I first joined TFO I received a welcome message suggesting that I post in the introductions area, could we not add a link to this post in that message? I think everyone should read this experienced or not! Well done and thank you Tom :D
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    Sand is an impaction hazard and possible skin and eye irritant. I would just be sure to not feed him anywhere near the sand. Feed them on grassy or planted areas, and use a feeding tray of some sort.

    I don't know how much of the area is sandy, or how sandy, so its difficult to make any sort of recommendation. Pics might help.
  4. Sam&TillsTortugas

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    No problem here is a picture, more plants will be added later. I put their food on the pink brick to trim beak but sometimes they carry their food to sand or it falls off. Thank you for that answer by the way
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    Our native region is the Chihuahuan desert so it looks like this here
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    I can't tell from your pic how sandy the soil is. It looks like regular "dirt" to me.

    I high fiber diet and regular soaks, should prevent impaction.
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    That probably wasn't the best of pictures to represent the dirt lol. But alright I figure it'll be alright I try and feed them on rocks anyway. And i water it alot thanks alot for your help Tom!
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    i love this! i read it way back when i first adopted my tortoise and i have seen so many threads that if they just read this theyd have their questions answered
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    This is ALL great information! Not just for beginners even, it's also a great reminder for long-time pet owners!
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    Great info for beginners, there is so much bad advice out there, glad to know what is good and bad for tortoises
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    good information on this site we've learned a lot from here .wife convinced me to join she's a member as well we have 3 torts she got me into them. I like building the enclosures the best fun for me
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    What do you suggest as the best half top for a red foot tortoise enclosure to keep the humidity up? Also the heat and light source are from the outside of it.
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    This is such great information! I have 3 month baby sulcata and all the temperature research I've done is varied by different owners what's an overall good method to finding what works best for the sulcata?
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    I wouldn't make a "half top". I would build a full closed chamber.
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