HELP! Is this bedding ok for my Russian Tort?

Is this bedding ok?

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Poke the Turtle

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Is this bedding ok for my Russian Tortoise? This is all I could find for my last minute supply grab. I usually use better quality bedding, but like I said, this is all I could find. Too late now, but will it be ok for my tortoise?

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Carol S

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No, that is not a suitable substrate for a tortoise. Get coconut coir or fine grade orchid bark. You can buy the orchid bark in bulk at a plant nursery. You need to keep the substrate damp.
 

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Is this bedding ok for my Russian Tortoise? This is all I could find for my last minute supply grab. I usually use better quality bedding, but like I said, this is all I could find. Too late now, but will it be ok for my tortoise?

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I wouldn’t use it pine usually has a very strong smell to it so it probably would affect it’s respiratory system .
 

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In addition to its respiratory-irritating components, pine shavings are dusty, sticky, and will mold when wet (tortoises need humidity and some wet spots in their bedding).

If swallowed in large amounts (whether stuck to food or intentionally eaten), it would probably cause blockage of the digestive tract, at least to some degree.

Visit the Russian Tortoise section of the forums and read the stickies about care:

 

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