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Discussion in 'Tortoise FAQs - New and need help?' started by Tort1419, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Tort1419

    Tort1419 Active Member

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    Should there be a top on my indoor enclosure
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    If you have a species that needs to be kept humid then yes. Or if you have a tort that likes to climb.
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    I'm going to get a Russian tortoise what humidity level should it be at
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    I am unsure about the particulars for Russian care...but check the care sheets in the species specific forum...and I'm sure some of the members who keep Russians will chime in soon :)
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    Ok thanks
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    It depends on the tortoise's age.

    If it is a hatchling/baby/juvie, then higher humidity (with warmth) is better for the tort. Use dampened coco coir, cypress mulch and/or fine fir bark to raise the humidity without a risk of mold.

    If it is an adult or over 4" SCL, then an open top and/or outside is fine.
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    Hey could I also ask you about the best substrate, I know I'm going to include coco coir but what should I add, and how often should I completely empty out the substrate and add new substrate
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    Also if u could provide a good substrate that I could put in the tortoises enclosure but as well as one where I could grow weeds and plants in
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    Coco coir is great because you don't really have to replace it, just do spot cleaning.
    I guess it could last for years before a top up is necessary.
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