Looking for decoration ideas for indoor enclosure

flyingpenguin

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Armadillogroomer

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Hey there!

Dead sphagnum moss sold in packages like this can cause blockages if they eat it. It also harbors mold or fungus if food/poop touches it.

Live mosses are okay, but difficult to keep alive indoors (other than Spanish moss or air plants). Online retailers like Josh's Frogs sell "mounted plants" with no pesticides that can hang on the side of an enclosure.

Imo the silk vines are some of the best fake plants available. Other fakies in my tort's habitat are what I assume is a Petco brand called Mac's Creations - like this. I lucked out and got nice ones that look like pothos, but the one in the review looks crummy, so maybe it's a gamble. They're nice because the log helps keep the plant from being bulldozed over. You could probably make your own with craft store plants and clean driftwood.

You can do a light Google search and learn what to look for in craft store plants for reptiles. My tortoise's favorite seems to be some UV resistant plastic ferns. They are a soft but sturdy plastic and the leaves don't separate.
 

flyingpenguin

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Hey there!

Dead sphagnum moss sold in packages like this can cause blockages if they eat it. It also harbors mold or fungus if food/poop touches it.

Live mosses are okay, but difficult to keep alive indoors (other than Spanish moss or air plants). Online retailers like Josh's Frogs sell "mounted plants" with no pesticides that can hang on the side of an enclosure.

Imo the silk vines are some of the best fake plants available. Other fakies in my tort's habitat are what I assume is a Petco brand called Mac's Creations - like this. I lucked out and got nice ones that look like pothos, but the one in the review looks crummy, so maybe it's a gamble. They're nice because the log helps keep the plant from being bulldozed over. You could probably make your own with craft store plants and clean driftwood.

You can do a light Google search and learn what to look for in craft store plants for reptiles. My tortoise's favorite seems to be some UV resistant plastic ferns. They are a soft but sturdy plastic and the leaves don't separate.

Thank you so so much! :)
 

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Can you post a pic of the enclosure to give us a better idea of the space you are taking about?

Some torts will nibble fake plants if they can reach them, and if you buy real ones you have to wash the roots and repot in chemical free soil and wait at least a year for any pesticides and fertilisers absorbed by the eaves to grow out. if you can get cuttings from safe sources then leave in pots and sink them in the substrate so that you can swap them in and out easily if they get eaten or bulldozed.
 
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