5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
- Jun 23, 2014
- Location (City and/or State)
- Dubai/New York
The enclosure is currently a terrarium turned into a closed chamber. It is about 4 by 2 feet. There is a humid hide in the “cool” part of the chamber. On the “warm” side, there’s a soaking dish and a basking stone. In this part of the chamber, there is also an aloe plant that provides a bit of shade, humidity, and possible food if the tort is a lil famished.
I’m using an MVB bulb, since I found it to be an adequate heat and UVB source. For nighttime, I use an infrared lightbulb. All local retailers here don’t have the right wattage for CHE (always too high of a wattage) and I’ve had issues with the the safety of the pet-related thermostats sold here.... but regardless of this, these are my temps:
Cool side: 25-28 C (77-82.4 F)
Warm side: 30-34.7C (86-94.5 F)
Basking: Around 36 C (97 F)
Almost Always in the 87-92 % range, sometimes it may drop to mid and lower 80s, but that is rare. May have only happened when I first set up the tank, since it’s never that low anymore.
My diet plan currently consists of the following. Please note that a lot of these foods are new to the tort, so I am trying to make him/her eat them via chopping and mixing them into his favorite foods:
- Mulberry leaves... Freshly grown in our garden. We have 3 or 4 trees.
- Romaine lettuce (not nutritional but it’s a fave)
- Opuntia Cactus Pads (waiting for my cactus to grow more so I can feed my tort more)
- Dandelion (used in Lebanese cooking so it’s easy to find store bought)
- Turnip greens
- Carrot tops
- Grasses (I bought about 1.3 lbs of different tortsafe grasses that I will feed him/her)
- Bok Choy
- Collard greens
I soak my tortoise for about 30-45 minutes a day, twice a day. I mist the tank three times a day for a few minutes, and pour some water on the 4 inches of cococoir & organic soil substrate whenever it’s dry.
I use a tiny bit of a calcium / D3 reptile supplement for my tort, mix it into the food. I do this about once a week. Sometimes twice a week.
Any advice, suggestions, tips, compliments even.... all are welcome < 3
Here’s a few of pic of my tort, named honeysuckle & nicknamed honey ;-)