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Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by erinlyndon, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. erinlyndon

    erinlyndon Member

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    Hi, just wanted to know if it is safe to put moss in a tortoise enclosure. I've already got sphagnum moss but i wanted to grow some in it too, i'm not sure what it is called but it looks like this:

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    I have this in my yard. I'd love to know if it was okay too. I may be getting a redfoot and I feel like this would help emulate her natural habitat.
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    Sphagnum moss is the most prominent type in tortoises enclosures.

    I see that moss in my garden but I have never used it in the tortoise cage. Until some more experienced member replies, I would stick with Sphagnum moss for now. If you were to use that, you'd need to check it was clean, not riddled with bugs and you'd need to find a pesticide free area to source it from. :)
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    Found this thread with multiple people claiming it is safe:

    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/moss-question.143099/
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    . Not only just "safe"! It's very nice, esthetically pleasing and what's most important: has great ability to hold humidity in your terrarium
    yes, myself and few other members here have been using different kinds if moss as substrate top layer for a while. I personally LOVE the looks of it. It's great for baby torts, keeps them cleaner, their mouth/nose/eyes... the water dish... i like that. Now, bigger torts will probably bulldoze whatever decorative/soft/pretty/natural "carpet" you put in there bcs that's what our torts do: they are like land sharks to beautifully landscaped enclosures. Advise to our new members with young baby torts: enjoy planting your indoor enclosures while you can, for the time is coming where no plant, no landscaped hill/valley/cave will stand. They will LEVEL IT ALL DOWN. And that's ok, that's a sign of a strong healthy tortoise. My babies are 19 months old and I still use some moss indoors, but only around their food stones, water dish and inside/and around their hides. They became very "creative" remodelers and I no longer worry about the "pretty aspect".
    Good point. Make sure the place wasn't treated with some pesticides before you harverst the moss. I wish we had more moss growing around. I would totally play with it in my garden/landscapes but in my area it is too hot and too dry for moss to grow. Enjoy yours!
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    Every time I try to use long fibered sphagnum moss, my tortoises all try to eat it. I can't use it. I know for sure they would eat that green growing moss. That type of moss needs cool damp conditions. Not right for a russian tortoise.
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    Thanks for all the replies :)
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    That is exactly why I have to replace patches of mine every few weeks. The only time i see mine being consumed by my torts is when a piece gets dragged onto their food pile.
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