lol this is amaizing it looks like you have a great relationship together (Alexa doesn't like baths as well and i don't like them too[emoji23]) thank u for sharing your daily with meWell... for me it depends on weather. If it's nice and warm my redfoot goes outside first thing in the morning, if it's cold he stays inside and i turn his lights on. About 15-20 mins later he gets food (it's up to him when he eats it, sometime he doesn't eat and sleeps all day) I feed him different varieties of food daily. After I put food out I also mist the entire enclosure to keep humidity up and make sure his water is clean. Then i go to work unless it's a weekend. My tort prefers to be left alone so i leave him be most of the time. When I get home I check on him and get rid of any left over foods and spot clean his enclosure to prevent growing numbers of detrivores (dont think i spelled that right, oh well) then i mist the enclosure again and once a week this is when he gets a long soaking and a treat since he doesn't like baths/forced soaks. He usually goes to bed before lights go out but i try to make sure lights are out around the same time the sun goes down. That's about it for me...
Arg UVB not HUV.... sorryHere's our daily routine and my general 2Cents. I'm no expert at all like the experts here, I've just been doing this a long time, and learned a lot along the way. I'll bold the key words to keep this short.
- The UVB lights, required for his vitamin synthesis go on with a timer (the heating elements are under separate control +)
- Breakfast, always with finely chopped corse greens, rotating the favored and "treat" foods with them.
- Supplements only as needed.
- Warm Bath * (He generally poops in his bath every three days to a week.)
- If it's his Meds day, his injection before the bath, cough syrup as needed.
- If bath or meds were completed in the AM, and if the living room is warm enough, we let him out to run around after dinner.
- We keep thermometers on the floor since that's where he really is. Guessing just with bare feet was inaccurate.
- UVB Lights off
- Heating stays on
* if there wasn't time for a bath in the morning then after dinner.
+ temps are 80-90 in the warm area of the enclosure
Be sure the temps are good for your species, temperature is very critical.
So is humidity and hydration. Temperature and hydration are probably your top two daily responsibilities.
Strata changed weekly unless he poops in it.
Water bowls and sponge used to maintain humidity.
As you are preparing the enclosure with UVB Light and Heat, please also take your tortoise to a Veterinarian who specializes in exotics and reptiles for a check up and worm test, and expert advice on your species. Take some of the poop with you for the worm test.
This is really important for both the health of the animal and your own. Be sure the Vet knows turtles, it took us a while to find one, and it will be a valuable long term relationship for you both.
Remember their lungs are on top, so be sure wherever the tortoise is roaming there's minimal chance of him turning over while trying to climb out or over something.
When we adopted the turtle we thought "this should be a very easy pet", but like most animals, there's more work and expense involved than you'd think, and it's been worth every second of the effort.
Good luck, hope this helps.