1. ashleymiller28

    Night time temperature for young Sulcata?

    Hello, I was wondering which way I should go about temperatures during the night for my young sulcata. I recently just purchased a 100W CHE to use during the night to keep temperatures warm, however under the CHE my thermometer is reading 92-95 degrees while it is 82-84 degrees on the opposite...
  2. ayrgrn

    Timer plug keeps blowing UVA spotlight bulb. Help?

    Hello, I have a 50w UVA Arcadia Spotlight bulb, with a dome reflector, fixed into an Arcadia light fixture, plugged into a wall timer that is set on 7am - 7pm. Over the past few months, the bulb keeps blowing. Over the past 3 months I have gone through about 7 50w bulbs due to them blowing...
  3. Obama Turtle

    Tank mates?

    I have my redfoot in 8’ x 6’ bio active rainforest enclosure and I have the feeling that it’s kind of empty... I’ve been thinking of rainforest animals that could live in the same enclosure as the redfoot but not harm it. Any thoughts?
  4. H

    Substrate Questions (Pine wood poisoning?)

    Hello everyone! My tortoise (tortellini, age 6-9 months (my guess!), weight 79g, scl 7cm) is living in a vivarium at the moment. I thought this was best because he's really young and I got him when he was a hatchling 4 months ago - it's super dry where I am in the winter and I can't dedicate an...
  5. S

    Wooden Enclosures and Alternatives

    Hello, I am thinking about getting my first tortoise (Russian). Given the climate and weather in my area, I would like to keep it indoors (with the proper light, enclosure size, etc. of course), and I am having a bit of difficulty picking potential enclosures. In what I've gathered from...
  6. 8

    Help with Redfoot tortoise enclosure

    Hello, I was just recently gifted a redfoot tortoise and would like to receive some help and feed back to improve my tortoises enclosure. He is kept indoors where the temperature is about 80-90 in the day time and 70 or above in the night with a humidity of 70-80. Ive used cypress mulch for...
  7. Jasminemmm

    Mirror mirror on the wall...

    Mirror mirror on the wall...who is the prettiest tort in the land?
  8. Marisa_marie17

    Russian homes

    Hey I was looking for some ideas to further update my tort enclosure. Was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some ideas or post pics of theirs. Also if you would share the dimensions of your enclosures too, I’m considering trying to make mine bigger but don’t know if it’s really...
  9. Chipmunk

    Enrichment in enclosure

    Hi, my 4 year old Hermann's tortoise has been getting restless lately and has been pacing her enclosure a lot. I've been doing some research and apparently try this means she is getting bored? She has a slate for basking, a water bowl, a food bowl, a log hide and a lightweight plastic ball in...
  10. T

    Enclosure opinions and tips

    This is my enclosure for my 3 year old Russian tort. He has two 40w heat bulbs and a small heat mat that is behind glass in his in-built hide. The enclosure is about 3ftx4ft. He also has his UV strip light. I’ve tried to have lots of plants, most fake but one real at the back. He eats on a slate...
  11. I

    Enclosure advice/tips for hatchling Burmese Star Tortoise

    Hello there, I was wondering if anyone can offer some advice with my enclosure. I got this 4x2 cause I got a sweet deal for $100 but I'm worried that the height is a little too short. It's 12 inches in height. So I am not sure if I should exchange it with something else. Or just keep it. Some...
  12. Isabel Casiño

    Help me pick a UVB lamp for young RF??

    I’m still really new to taking care of INDOOR red foot tortoises, I took care of adult RF (20-25 years) in the Caribbean in outdoor enclosures which was easier, so I have no idea what I’m doing while setting up... I was using a 10.0 UVB lamp and I’ve been told that it BURNS my RF’s eyes so I’m...
  13. ashleymiller28

    Proper lighting for youngSulcata Tortoise tank?

    Hello! I recently just read somewhere that mercury vapor bulbs are too strong/bright/dry for young sulcata tortoises. What is a better option that will still keep temperatures hot enough?
  14. Vintage

    A few UVB lighting and housing questions

    I bought a 2 year old female redfoot tortoise, I'm picking her up tomorrow. Her shell length is approximately 6 inches. For the enclosure I plan to use a big two foot by four foot tub for now. I am planning to use the lid of the tub to keep the humidity in, with the CHE's and light underneath...
  15. SarahJoy

    Sulcata enclosure and ants

    I struggled this past summer with fire ants. Not looking forward to it again. I live in GA and it is bad..... I may have to re-home if I can't find a solution. He seems to be able to smell them as he avoids them, though, they have the pesky trails that leave the nests! He is 6 years old...
  16. N


    I just got the new bulbs are they gonna be to bright or will they work, they are flood bulbs but idk if they are incandescent.
  17. AgataP

    Chlorhexidine question.

    My torts enclosure is made from plywood - it is not sealed as I know I will have to upgrade it before it even has a chance to be gross. However I would like to wipe it down with chlorhexidine solution (mixed with h2o), as I want to change his substrate to add more since he loved to dig. How...
  18. Khanmahn

    Double T’s new crib

    SUP Tortoise Tribe. Double T has been mad patient during the construction of this build and his virtue has paid off for now he lives in a grand chateau that should be a thriving zone for the next year. TORT LOVE
  19. o.singer1972

    Your enclosure experience - what is your best view on Husbandry needs

    Hello folks, I wanted to start a thread on husbandry needs for various of tortoise species like REDFOOTS, HERMANS, LEOPARDS so on.... Many tortoise species exist in the world, with Russian Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, and Leopard Tortoises being some of the most commonly kept as pets. Adult...
  20. Shortyalex16

    First time building an enclosed chamber

    We put foam rubber along the lids and added a plexiglass window on top of the chicken wire with a rubber border lining it for heat and moisture retention. It works really well. It's around 6"×2.5"×3" and on wheels for mobility. Grew some grass in it and my 2 year old sulcata seems to be enjoying...