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Hey guys, I know it’s been quite on my end!
Coco is doing well!! 😊😊😊

He’s been very active and is enjoying his greens and other nutrients! Today was pretty warm so I took him out for some natural light and UVB!! 😊😊

I decided to buy a different substrate for him! “The fine bark Tom uses! “ just because his food gets coco coir and I noticed him not liking his food once it’s covered!! In other news...he’s been shedding from his head and I been doing soaks which now for some reason he tried to get out after 5 minutes lol!!

Also...I know since he was brought to a Friends hose by a cat...I have noticed that coco canapé is dry around the edges!!

Any recommendations on this? Or should I just leave it be and soak him as I have been doing?

His humidity is at 50% and basking around 80-97!

Cooler area rages from 70-82 degrees!!

Also...should I be careful with feeding?? Cause I have noticed him not able to fit in his new plastic hide anymore!! He still forces himself in...but should I be lighter on food?? He gets greens and and fiber supplements from kap farms! “Can’t spell no judging lol!” Still working on other changes...but like I said in my last post...I’m taking it slow...I’m improvise I go!! 😊😊
 

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Glad to see he's doing well!

His cool side should be warmer, preferably above 80°. And the humidity should be 80%. It's a good idea to read the care sheet every few days to remind yourself of what to do.

He should eat all he wants of good nutritious food every day. You cannot control his weight with food, and you don't need to. He's still a growing boy...he needs plenty to eat. Torts don't get fat if they are given good food, just like you are doing. You'll just have to cut that door hole a little bigger! :)
 

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Glad to see he's doing well!

His cool side should be warmer, preferably above 80°. And the humidity should be 80%. It's a good idea to read the care sheet every few days to remind yourself of what to do.

He should eat all he wants of good nutritious food every day. You cannot control his weight with food, and you don't need to. He's still a growing boy...he needs plenty to eat. Torts don't get fat if they are given good food, just like you are doing. You'll just have to cut that door hole a little bigger! :)
I’ll make the adjustments!! 😊😊

Thanks!

Yes his cooler sides do get warmer!!

He May need a bigger enclosure tho now that I think of it! Cause I caught him scratching his tub today! I also put some of his gel on his cantapes to see if there’s any difference!! I’m debating on putting olive oil on his shell! I been also testing his mobility and strength! To be sure he’s good!! 😊😊

More updates as I go a long!! 🙏🙏🙏
 

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I also feel like high humidity caused him to get sick in the first place...it was too 100% at one point! When I originally put in his substrate! That’s why I’m changing it to cybress multch and the bark!! 😊😊

Coco coir gets on all his food!!

But more on that later!!😊
 

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I’ll make the adjustments!! 😊😊

Thanks!

Yes his cooler sides do get warmer!!

He May need a bigger enclosure tho now that I think of it! Cause I caught him scratching his tub today! I also put some of his gel on his cantapes to see if there’s any difference!! I’m debating on putting olive oil on his shell! I been also testing his mobility and strength! To be sure he’s good!! 😊😊

More updates as I go a long!! 🙏🙏🙏

For his shell, you use cold pressed coconut oil. It helps the carapace by putting moisture into the growth lines, keeping the new growth pliable. Don't use olive oil. Use coconut oil...put it on, wait 10-15 minutes, then wipe the shell with a soft towel. Be careful!...he will be very slippery!

High humidity will not make him sick. What will make him sick is high humidity with cold temps. As long as you keep him above 80°, the humidity of 100% will not hurt him.
 

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For his shell, you use cold pressed coconut oil. It helps the carapace by putting moisture into the growth lines, keeping the new growth pliable. Don't use olive oil. Use coconut oil...put it on, wait 10-15 minutes, then wipe the shell with a soft towel. Be careful!...he will be very slippery!

High humidity will not make him sick. What will make him sick is high humidity with cold temps. As long as you keep him above 80°, the humidity of 100% will not hurt him.
I have coconut oil from sprouts! Will that work?? 😊😊
 

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He’s enjoying his feast! I can’t quite remember what new greens I got him...but he’s definitely in joying it!

Question? What can I do for his food to last me longer? Should I put it in a follower pot and water them everyday?
 

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He’s enjoying his feast! I can’t quite remember what new greens I got him...but he’s definitely in joying it!

Question? What can I do for his food to last me longer? Should I put it in a follower pot and water them everyday?
I just go buy new greens each week, and make green smoothie with the remaining, so I've been drinking dandelion smoothie etc 😭😭
 

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He’s enjoying his feast! I can’t quite remember what new greens I got him...but he’s definitely in joying it!

Question? What can I do for his food to last me longer? Should I put it in a follower pot and water them everyday?
I use the FridgeSmart containers from Tupperware. They’re expensive (in Canada anyhow) but they’ve been well worth the investment. I can make most greens last a minimum of 2 weeks in these containers. I’ve got some greens right now that are 3 weeks old, and they are still as fresh as the day I got them. I’ve saved a lot of money and have a lot less waste. The link below is to the Canadian Tupperware, but I’m sure they’re probably available in the US too.
 

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I have seen them go down significantly! They were still a little pronounced in white in color but not to bad! Coco head seem to be a little dry out...but soaking him and putting on the gel has been helping! Since I changed his light it’s been better and of course location has also helped a lot!!🙏🙏

But I have noticed some green color on his eyelids...I noticed it when he finished his greens! I’m assuming it’s because he digs himself in his food bowl correct??

Cause his beak is the same!!
 

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I have seen them go down significantly! They were still a little pronounced in white in color but not to bad! Coco head seem to be a little dry out...but soaking him and putting on the gel has been helping! Since I changed his light it’s been better and of course location has also helped a lot!!🙏🙏

But I have noticed some green color on his eyelids...I noticed it when he finished his greens! I’m assuming it’s because he digs himself in his food bowl correct??

Cause his beak is the same!!

Probably from the greens. If you can post some pictures later for us too?
 

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Let me know if I need better pictures!

I can probably get one tomorrow after work!
 

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Since I got my little guy a heat lamp...he’s definitely been sleeping more outside his hide at night! He’s temps are in the 90’s!

Definitely higher warmth has helped tremendously with his nose and eyes!! 🙏🙏🙏 mamma tort is definitely not overly stressed anymore!! 🙌🙌
 

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I use the FridgeSmart containers from Tupperware. They’re expensive (in Canada anyhow) but they’ve been well worth the investment. I can make most greens last a minimum of 2 weeks in these containers. I’ve got some greens right now that are 3 weeks old, and they are still as fresh as the day I got them. I’ve saved a lot of money and have a lot less waste. The link below is to the Canadian Tupperware, but I’m sure they’re probably available in the US too.

Wow! They are expensive! How are they different that they work so well? Do you just put the greens in with no prep?

I've been using the plastic containers from the grocery store, like the ones spring mix come in. I put a layer of paper towel, then a layer of greens, then paper towel, ...I make a multi-layered pile and then cover, with holes in the plastic lid. I can usually get 8-10 days, depending on what plant it is. Mustard always goes bad fast. Endive does good.

If stuff really lasts for 2 weeks, it would be worth the price.
 

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Wow! They are expensive! How are they different that they work so well? Do you just put the greens in with no prep?

I've been using the plastic containers from the grocery store, like the ones spring mix come in. I put a layer of paper towel, then a layer of greens, then paper towel, ...I make a multi-layered pile and then cover, with holes in the plastic lid. I can usually get 8-10 days, depending on what plant it is. Mustard always goes bad fast. Endive does good.

If stuff really lasts for 2 weeks, it would be worth the price.

Freshness in the fridge is all about airflow and moisture. Surprisingly, greens and such keep much better when they are kept cold and dry. Most fruit and veg does in fact. The tupperwares just have a vent on the lid that allows you to control the airflow. In the UK we can get "freshbags" that do the same thing basically, they are highly porous plastic bags that allow a lot of air flow through them. It is amazing how effective they are.

What I do with store bought salad is open all the bags and stand them upright when they go in the crisper drawer. It makes it easy to pick out his food each day but it also keeps everything dry and fresh a lot longer.
 

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Wow! They are expensive! How are they different that they work so well? Do you just put the greens in with no prep?

I've been using the plastic containers from the grocery store, like the ones spring mix come in. I put a layer of paper towel, then a layer of greens, then paper towel, ...I make a multi-layered pile and then cover, with holes in the plastic lid. I can usually get 8-10 days, depending on what plant it is. Mustard always goes bad fast. Endive does good.

If stuff really lasts for 2 weeks, it would be worth the price.
The containers have a vent on the lid that can be adjusted to 3 different settings. The front of the container has a chart that shows what setting it should be on depending on what type of fruit or vegetables you have in the container. I don’t do any prep. Literally from the store or the ground and into the containers. I have found if I wash things thoroughly and cut them up, they don’t last quite as long. So I leave everything whole and clean what I need, at the time I need it. These containers have made a huge difference. Being where I am in Canada I have to rely a lot on store bought food, so having the containers makes it easier for me to offer variety by buying a lot of different things, because I can make it all last so long. I’ve tried the fresh bags, green bags, the little “puck“ you put in your crisper to help keep things fresh and every other thing possible. Nothing compares to these containers.
 
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