Adult redfoot humidity?

BobbyJ

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I'm just curious as to what humidity an adult redfoot tortoise will need .. I know th younger ones need high humidity .. My tortoise seems to be okay at about 65% .. What will will the humidity have to be when he's an adult
 

BobbyJ

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Babies need humidity over 80%. I.M.O.
Adults would do well at over 60%. Mine live outdoors and are misted on timers 3 times a day.
They also spend a lot of time swimming and soaking in ponds.
I have a closed chamber and still can get humidity to stay at 80 for that long .. Unless I use the fogger
 

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My indoor enclosure is mostly closed and I run a fogger. I'm able to maintain 80% humidity. I turn it down or off at night because the heat lamp is off thus unable to dry out some of the moisture. Here's my Christmas tree bin enclosure. My reds are very small, we're already in process of upgrading! :D ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1438434341.916101.jpg
Here's my homemade fogger. Adjustable. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1438434389.634284.jpg ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1438434410.418500.jpg
 

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Right now my closed chamber is empty.
But here us the set up with UVB strip light enclosed. It stayed warm even tough the house A/C is set at 73 degrees.
I had at least 80% humidity and at least 78 degrees in the winter at night.
As you can see things outside of the chamber are not ideal.
The only holes were vent holes for the lamp.
 

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my indoor redfoot enclosure has a humidity level of 70%, but mine is a subadult of about 8.5 inches SCL. I do not use a mister. Just cover the entire top and use a large water bowl with damp moss all around it.
 

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Right now my closed chamber is empty.
But here us the set up with UVB strip light enclosed. It stayed warm even tough the house A/C is set at 73 degrees.
I had at least 80% humidity and at least 78 degrees in the winter at night.
As you can see things outside of the chamber are not ideal.
The only holes were vent holes for the lamp.
When I posted on FB my current enclosure, I was told to have vents in it to let fresh air in and stale air out. Before I added the ventilating fans, the enclosure was a closed chamber, and was able to get 80-90% humidity. After adding the ventilating fans(even set at lowest), I can only get avg 50% humidity. Now, I feel like the air inside is really fresh, but now I am sacrificing humidity.

There was a another post here that if you have a closed chamber with too high of humidity and stale air, you can end up with a tortoise with respiratory issues, mold in the chamber, with acrid smell.

Should I go back to an enclosed chamber and forget about the ventilators?

The first photo is my closed chamber and was keeping 80-90% humidity.

The second photo is with added ventilating fans with 50% humidity.

Both set up have a small humidifier.

I really don't want to add substrate at this moment so what are my other options? Can I add potted plants to help?
 

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What I've done in the past is place the lid on hinges so that I can partially prop it open to let out extra moisture or heat.
Depending on your closed chamber, venting may or may not be required.
BTW that 80-90% Humidity is great!
Try a closed chamber with only a slit of it open...And tweak it from there.
There's no one answer because our enclosures and our locations are not the same. Any small difference can make a big change.
(And get off of FACEBOOK REDFOOT FORUMS for your own sanity)
 
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