The wood will definitely absorb water and moisture if they come in contact, unless it is properly sealed. Is it a closed chamber or a tortoise table?Im making a wood enclosure for my baby sulcata, i am worried the wood will soak up most of the humidity, does anyone have experience with this?
Unfortunately you are going to run into problems one way or another. There is no easy-to-find coating that I've found that works to protect wood from constant moisture and humidity. I once tried non-toxic boat paint, and that worked for the short time I used it, but it wasn't going to hold up to the long term abuse dished out by a tortoise shell rubbing on it. The primer was $90 a gallon and the paint was $130.I've already got most of it built, I'm going to line the interior with waterproof wood glue
So you recommend having them live in a CO2 rich atmosphere with decomposing substrate, stale "air" and no fresh air circulation whatsoever?I used wood for my enclosure. I went from open top to closed chamber since I had no choice and didn’t want to spend another $200 on material. Just go to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and get pond liner. I lined up about 12inches which is basically the bottom half and so far temps have been holding up. 90 F + and 85%+ humidity. You might want to get some silicone to cover any holes from the outside to keep your air in.