- Apr 20, 2020
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I have been so stressed that I have not been giving my tortoise proper care. My tortoise is a 1 year old redfoot tortoise named phoenix. He is overall very healthy but I just want to give him the best life possible. Right now he is in a 3 by 2 foot tortoise table. Is that big enough for now? He is probably about 4 inches long. Right now he has an outdoor enclosure that is probably about 5 feet by 3 feet. He goes outside about every day/every other day for an hour and he gets soaked about 3 times a week? Is this not enough times? In his indoor enclosure he has a heat lamp and a uvb light then another uvb strip light. Is this enough? I am always willing to spend however much is needed to properly care for him. I have had him for about 3 months and he has gained 47 grams. Is that a normal growth rate for a yearling redfoot tortoise? For a substrate I have cypress mulch in both the indoor and outdoor enclosure. In his indoor enclosure he also has a little less than half of his enclosure filled with a layer of timothy hay that he occasionally nibbles on but he really loves to burrow in it at night to sleep. I live in massachusetts so it isn't super humid where i am located so he has a fogger/humidifier that is on 30 minutes then off an hour for 12 hours a day. His humidity usually stays at about 75% every day then drops at night. For his diet he normally has collard greens, romaine lettuce (occasionally), red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, cactus pads, hibiscus, boiled egg about once a month, occasional strawberries or dragon fruit, kale, dandelion greens, and dandelions. He has has some mazuri tortoise diet every other day. I soak the mazuri in water for a minute so it's easier for him to eat. In his indoor cage he has a couple real plants such as some ferns, a tiny hibiscus and aloe vera.He doesn't really eat the plants in his cage though. Am I doing anything wrong or does anyone have some suggestions? Thank you so much!