Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby Tortoise Trust » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:19 pm

JENNA6684 wrote: But wanted to check its healthy for her. Any information would be great.


Quite obviously, it is categorically NOT healthy for her.

Please - read the full information on this.
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby pardo8 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:51 pm

hi im looking at setting up a tortoise table what lamps are best people say that the bulb that dose uv and heat is best
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby Stuart » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:09 pm

pardo8 wrote:hi im looking at setting up a tortoise table what lamps are best people say that the bulb that dose uv and heat is best


Well, it depends.

How big is your table going to be? Combined heat/UV lamps can be very powerful, and a tortoise table needs to offer a warmer basking end (32*C) as well as a cooler end (20*C).
Combined bulbs are possible neater and easier in some ways, as long as you have the space (and the height) for them. But you do have to use them carefully.

UV tubes have the merit of providing UV right across the length of the table, with an ordinary tungsten spot basking lamp provided at one end.
They need to be replaced every six months.

Have you read the full discussion of these things on the main Tortoise Trust website? > http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/lighting.html
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby allan » Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:10 am

hi can anybody help me please
when info says top soil and play sand
is it just top soil from garden centre
or a special soil
thanks allan
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby Stuart » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:52 am

allan wrote:hi can anybody help me please when info says top soil and play sand is it just top soil from garden centre or a special soil
thanks allan


Just ordinary soil. Nothing special. Your own garden soil if you know what's in it (ie no chemicals)...(I use the finely sifted soil kindly thrown up for me through my grass by moles!)
Or, yes, top soil from a garden centre. And play sand mixed with the soil 50/50. [In my new outside enclosure I used "ballast" (aka "all-in aggregate")instead of playsand...the stuff that's used for making concrete, a mix of small pebbles and gritty particles.]

All we're doing here is trying to create the kind of loose, crumbly, sandy (or possibly even gritty/stony) and free-draining soils tortoises would find in the wild.The kind they can dig into if they want to (as opposed to the wet claggy stuff some of us might have in our gardens!)

(We're also, incidentally, challenging the commercialism of some pet shops which would want to sell us "tortoise substrates" and other opportunist nonsense.)
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby JerryMaffz » Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:19 pm

I use Topsoil/Playsand from the garden centre or DIY stores at 70/30% ratio in Jerry's table.
Like Stuart, I add some gravel to his outside enclosure. The mix being Topsoil:Sand:Gravel at 3:2:1 ratio.
Jerry's only little and was out in this all summer with no impaction problems at all.
One thing that I have notice bandied around on various sites is the advocation of "Sterilised" topsoil.
Is there any merit in this? Surely anything exposed to UV would be sterilised anyway.
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby Kaarina.rantala » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:58 pm

Garden cetntre topsoil is often baked at 60C to get rid of germs for indoor use. Tortoises will not suffer any harm from the occasional worm or insect. So you can just scoop up any soil from your garden, basically. The important thing is to make sure the soil is sandy, to avoid excess moisture. On the other hand, if you want to plant plants into an indoors enclosure, you might want to have planting areas full of just topsoil to ensure the plants do not dry too quickly.
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby Bigjoe » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:52 pm

Just for reference ...field trip September this year..testudo graeca graeca habitat Spain.
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Re: Tortoise Vivarium Reference Material

Postby Tortoise Trust » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:01 am

The only problem was climbing over all the piles of dead tortoises from compaction problems, wasn't it? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

If you believe that, you'll believe anything - including all the nonsense on the internet that contradicts how they really live in the wild....
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