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CaggyQ

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Hi everyone!

Just wanted to update you on how my lovely little baby tort is doing. He now stays in three different substrates: tortoise sand specifically for Russian torts, orchid bark for the top layer, and some coco coir for the bedding in his log and cave. I think the humidity has really helped with his shell growth, and he seems so much happier too. Thank you so much!

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CaggyQ

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Sand should never be used, it causes impaction.
He's a cutie.
Hi Wellington, thanks so much for that feedback! Is that the case for all the substrates like that designed for Russian tortoises? He’s a proper digger, and orchid bark doesn’t seem enough to keep him happy. It’s great so see him so much cheerier though. ☺️
 

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Hi Wellington, thanks so much for that feedback! Is that the case for all the substrates like that designed for Russian tortoises? He’s a proper digger, and orchid bark doesn’t seem enough to keep him happy. It’s great so see him so much cheerier though. ☺️
Coconut coir and orchid bark are the best to use. Coir doesn't cause impaction and orchard bark usually isn't eaten.
 
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