Is sand ok for a back layer in my tortoise enclosure?

Milkduds

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Hey everyone I was looking for a way to give more moister in my Travancore hybrid tortoise enclosure I was thinking to add an inch of sand to the bottom of the tortoise enclosure and then put reptile bark around one to two inches over the top . Would this be ok ??
 

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No. Sand is an impaction risk and possible skin and eye irritant. It should never be used. It won't stay buried, and it won't help with humidity anyway.

A four inch layer of orchid bark is the best way to add humidity. If you are having trouble maintaining humidity with damp orchid bark, then there is too much ventilation in your enclosure.
 

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Another serious issue with sand is how abrasive it is, your tort will get a fine coating of sand on the walls, and then as they pace around, any regular contact points on their shell basically get sanded away like it was with sand paper.
 

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