Tortoise not wanting to soak?

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My baby Sulcata is being stubborn. I place him in the pot saucer I have filled halfway with water, and he spends maybe a minute or two in there and just gets right out. Will this be a problem or will it be fine?
 

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My baby Sulcata is being stubborn. I place him in the pot saucer I have filled halfway with water, and he spends maybe a minute or two in there and just gets right out. Will this be a problem or will it be fine?
I recommend getting a soaking container that is deep enough so your tort cannot get out on its own. Force him/her to soak in warm water for 30 minutes everyday, and you wont have to worry about hydration.
 

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I recommend getting a soaking container that is deep enough so your tort cannot get out on its own. Force him/her to soak in warm water for 30 minutes everyday, and you wont have to worry about hydration.
That seems a bit dangerous, I dont want him to drown
 

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That seems a bit dangerous, I dont want him to drown
Well, you don't just plunk him in the bowl then go away and leave him. Of course you have to check on him often to make sure he's ok. But you must soak him in a bowl he can't climb out of.
 
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That seems a bit dangerous, I dont want him to drown
The water should not be deep enough for him to drown. Only about 1/3 to 1/2 way up the shell. And keep the water warm for the entire 30-40 minute soak. You can put the tall sided, opaque, soaking tub inside the enclosure near the heat sources to keep it warm. Monitor the temperature frequently. I soak in a warm reptile room.

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Yes because he can see through it. Try getting folded newspaper to wrap around the outside rim with some tape or string to secure and you can reuse. They will do a bit of climbing but it is good housekeeping for hydration. I use a s all toothbrush to clean the shell and underneath very gently. You will find over time he will just rest and drink and relieve himself.
 
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Well I soak my tortoise in a bathtub, and she still tries to get out. On a good note, though, is that she scratches her nails, which gave her the nickname “perfect nails.”
 

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My baby Sulcata is being stubborn. I place him in the pot saucer I have filled halfway with water, and he spends maybe a minute or two in there and just gets right out. Will this be a problem or will it be fine?
Get a bigger heavier bowl. Then he can’t flip it or climb out of it. My tortoise did the same thing and I just got a bigger heavier glass bowl to adjust to him tipping it and escaping.
 

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My baby Sulcata is being stubborn. I place him in the pot saucer I have filled halfway with water, and he spends maybe a minute or two in there and just gets right out. Will this be a problem or will it be fine?
cannot soak in a saucer. I use a container that he can “swim” in. Duck his head to drink.
 

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I have two Western hingebacks very long term captive that spend most of their H2O time thrashing around wanting out of the sink. Have 3 female Spekes hingebacks only captive about 3 1/2 years and always calm in the H2O. At least until it starts to cool off. Really different personalities.
 

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The water should not be deep enough for him to drown. Only about 1/3 to 1/2 way up the shell. And keep the water warm for the entire 30-40 minute soak. You can put the tall sided, opaque, soaking tub inside the enclosure near the heat sources to keep it warm. Monitor the temperature frequently. I soak in a warm reptile room.

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