Burmese Star Baby - Thriving in a Humid Enclosure

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I purchased a Burmese Star Tortoise from @Tom recently and she/he is really thriving in a humid environment. I am maintaining 88 degree ambient temps with 95 degree basking spot. I have a hide on the cool side of the cage that stays around 80 degrees. Night temps never drop below 80F.

Maintaining these temps and humidity is easy with the enclosure I purchased from Boa Master.
https://www.boamaster.com/product/4ft-high-mel-4-x-24-x-19/

These melamine cages are not as nice as Animal Plastics, as I have one for my bearded dragon, but they are cheap and work very well. I had to wire the incandescent basking bulb and T5 5.0 fluorescent, which was easy.

I caulked the bottom seam with clear aquarium silicone.

Thanks to @Tom and Tortoise Forum for the education on proper temperature and humidity for baby tortoises.

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I purchased a Burmese Star Tortoise from @Tom recently and she/he is really thriving in a humid environment. I am maintaining 88 degree ambient temps with 95 degree basking spot. I have a hide on the cool side of the cage that stays around 80 degrees. Night temps never drop below 80F.

Maintaining these temps and humidity is easy with the enclosure I purchased from Boa Master.
https://www.boamaster.com/product/4ft-high-mel-4-x-24-x-19/

These melamine cages are not as nice as Animal Plastics, as I have one for my bearded dragon, but they are cheap and work very well. I had to wire the incandescent basking bulb and T5 5.0 fluorescent, which was easy.

I caulked the bottom seam with clear aquarium silicone.

Thanks to @Tom and Tortoise Forum for the education on proper temperature and humidity for baby tortoises.

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Hello, how are you maintaining the humidity? Spray bottle and keeping substrate moist?
 

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Hello, how are you maintaining the humidity? Spray bottle and keeping substrate moist?
I'm misting the enclosure substrate lightly as needed. The melamine enclosure I'm using maintains humidity very easy. I also have a water dish present at all times, which helps.
 

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I'm misting the enclosure substrate lightly as needed. The melamine enclosure I'm using maintains humidity very easy. I also have a water dish present at all times, which helps.
Thanks. With the melamine, I am assuming it retains moisture like a sponge compared to glass which helps the humidity? Only difference between your enclosure and mine is mine is glass.

I’m thinking of the eco terra monsoon one mister. Anybody have experience or used one in a enclosure?

Thanks!
 

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Thanks. With the melamine, I am assuming it retains moisture like a sponge compared to glass which helps the humidity? Only difference between your enclosure and mine is mine is glass.

I’m thinking of the eco terra monsoon one mister. Anybody have experience or used one in a enclosure?

Thanks!
What does your enclosure have for a top?
 

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Doesn't melamine have formaldehyde in it?
These enclosures have been used for many years with various reptiles. The outer coatings on melamine is actually a fire resistant plastic. So as far as the outer layer goes it is fine for heat and humidity. I'm sure this is a debatable subject, so use your own judgement.
 

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These enclosures have been used for many years with various reptiles. The outer coatings on melamine is actually a fire resistant plastic. So as far as the outer layer goes it is fine for heat and humidity. I'm sure this is a debatable subject, so use your own judgement.
So, with it being fire proof is it also waterproof?
 

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I wanted to attach a picture of the enclosure (inside dimensions: 24" x 48" x 18"h) I have been raising our Burmese Star Tortoise in. Our tortoise is roughly 14 months old now.

We have a Radiant Heat Panel on one side and Zoomed RT-600 thermostat set to never drop below 82 degrees, which keeps the entire enclosure above 80. I have a standard flood bulb for daytime heat on the other end. An Arcadia T5 HO to help with lighting and UVB. I have fake plants as well as a hide and cypress mulch. I use cypress mulch because I'm able to maintain humidity above 80% easier. You can also see from the image I use an AcuRite digital thermometer measuring temp and humidity.

This set up has been working fantastic and our tortoise is growing well and very healthy. Hope this helps anyone looking to set up a new enclosure for their baby or young tortoise.
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I purchased a Burmese Star Tortoise from @Tom recently and she/he is really thriving in a humid environment. I am maintaining 88 degree ambient temps with 95 degree basking spot. I have a hide on the cool side of the cage that stays around 80 degrees. Night temps never drop below 80F.

Maintaining these temps and humidity is easy with the enclosure I purchased from Boa Master.
https://www.boamaster.com/product/4ft-high-mel-4-x-24-x-19/

These melamine cages are not as nice as Animal Plastics, as I have one for my bearded dragon, but they are cheap and work very well. I had to wire the incandescent basking bulb and T5 5.0 fluorescent, which was easy.

I caulked the bottom seam with clear aquarium silicone.

Thanks to @Tom and Tortoise Forum for the education on proper temperature and humidity for baby tortoises.

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How much for shipping may i ask?
 

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Christmas Day soak and weighed in at 370 grams. Hatch date is April 2018 according to @Tom

Yellow bands are starting to widen and really stand out. We are really enjoying our tortoise and she/he loves a shell or head scratch!

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I may have a male tortoise, as it is tucking its tail to the side most times. The overall shape looks female though. It’s 20 months old and close to 400 grams, so maybe still a little early.
 

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Rainbow is now 2yrs old and weighed 500 grams today and fairly certain I have a male. I believe he just flashed, as you can see from the last image. What do the experts think? @Tom?


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I honestly can't tell yet. That shape is right in the middle. The tail doesn't look that big, and that doesn't look like a penis in the pic, so this could be a prolapsing female. I know you care for your tortoise very well, and I'm sure they are well hydrated, so I would expect this, but it can happen.

@Markw84 knows this species well too. Let's see what he thinks.
 
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