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Whats best substrate for outdoor tortoise building? 8X12 foot building

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  1. Magdrive

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    I have my tortoises in a 8x12 tortoise house and I've used sand on a rubber floor so waste clean up is easy with a scooper. The problem is the sand dust up the place and is about to choke me to death. Since I have asthma it doesn't take much to set me off. I thought of using hey or mulch but clean up would be harder. Any ideas? Remember this is a 8x12 foot house so I need to think about cost to.
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    I use rubber stall mats on the floor of my Aldabran shed. No substrate.
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    I may have to do that. I have a rubber floor.

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    With sand on top of rubber floor.

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    I wouldn't use sand. It's very harsh on their shells, could cause impaction if it gets stuck to their food and irritates their eyes. If you feel you must use a substrate, you can use orchid bark, cypress mulch or coco coir. But I've never had a problem with the bare floor.
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    I have coconut coir in my 20x8 shed for my leopards. However, that gets costly. I am going to do what Yvonne does and not use any substrate, just rubber mats or do a rubber roofing type floor. Then I will do a humid hide with the coir. Different species I know, but same concept/problems. Also, if you notice, for your Aldabras, Greg (ALDABRAMAN)only uses sand where his torts sleep, not eat.
    Btw, they look good, need more pics of them:D
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    I notice your shed isn't insulated. Is your weather pretty mild all the time?
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    Yes its insulated and yes its been cold this winter. They can't wait for summer. I've got to get more pictures of my aldabra's, they are a lot bigger now. Here is some pics of when I was insulating before I put up the osb.

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