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MilesD47

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My wife joined yesterday, and I just realized we used the same photo of Michaelangelo for our profile pictures... Oh well. My wife and I have three little boys (7, 9, and 12) and now with Mikey too. He's our first tortoise, arrived from Redfoot Ranch yesterday morning. We prepared a tub habitat for him while he grows a bit, but I'm already designing the habitat that will go into our Bayview window.

We had trouble keeping his humidity up over night his first night (had 1/2 the tub covered with plastic) it dropped to around 65%. .. And was resting around 70-75% all day. Someone on here sent her some great photos for a little "greenhouse" (Thank you, BTW), and with 20 minutes of it being up we are able to get it back into the 80s, now to see what it does overnight!

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orv

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I'm not a RF keeper, but I still want to give you a big welcome to our forums.
 

LaLaP

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Welcome! Glad you got your humidity sorted and looking forward to hearing about plans for your new set up :)
 

MilesD47

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Thanks everyone! He finally ate a decent amount this morning... I'm just wondering if his habitat is a little intimidating for him, when he's out for his bath in his little dish he's active (trying to escape, that is) in his habitat hes found a favorite corner under a tree and just hangs out there. No interest in the basking area, water dish, or anything else really...
 

MilesD47

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Im hopeful it's just a symptom of him getting used to his new home and he'll get a bit more exploratory in time.
 

LoonyLovegood

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Glad to hear you got the humidity sorted out! I had the opposite problem when I first set everything up; it was in the 90's and kept rising! Anywho, welcome!
 

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Welcome!

All tortoises take some time to get used to a new place. Babies are especially programmed to hide most of their time; they are easy prey for predators when they are tiny. I don’t know anything about redfoots but you might put in another plant or perhaps one that is a little more close to the ground (better cover).

For his bath, put him in a dish with high sides; one he can’t see out of. Also try soaking when he’s first waking up, and sluggish.
 
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