- Mar 24, 2020
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I don't agree with some of these.
3. If spot cleaned daily, and in the case of babies that are soaked daily and poop in the soak water, there is no need to replace the substrate.
4. No need to replace bulbs every six months. Most of mine, including UV tubes, last much longer than that.
6. This is not true at all. They are reptiles and are perfectly happy to be left alone. At best they desensitize to human contact and tolerate it. Some learn to have a positive food association with people. Some get territorial with people and attack them. But they are not puppies.
7. This one should have stopped at "Do not let your tortoise freely roam your house". The end. It is not a safe practice and almost always leads to disaster.
8. Not true at all, and this misrepresentation will lead to disappointment for people who expecte their new tortoise to act like what you describe. Most tortoises do not behave that way.
The substrate should still be changed when needed if you are not home and do not see your tort doing its business. Urates come out of their Urine so it's good to clean it out when you are not aware of your tort doing its business. Soaks are a good way for your tort to pee and poo of course, but are you leaving your tort in the soak all day long? or is it soaking for 30 mins and back in its enclosure where it can still pee and poop. (Hence, the purpose is that you are not always aware as a new tortoise owner of when they will go, so it keeps the substrate clean and sanitary.)
Of course, tortoises are not puppies. I specified that their behavior is similar to dogs, such as they have silly behavior and smell everything.