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Thread: Herman Tortoise

  1. Default Herman Tortoise

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    We are housing a tortoise that belongs to one of hubbys friends. We are a bit confused because the tortoise forums I found differ in information from what the guy told us. Thing like what bedding, twice a week baths, food dusting, and equipment. It is pretty young, to us it does appear to have some pyramidding on its shell, so something is out of wack.

    I want to get it some new stuff, because it doesn't have a uv light, and jusy a heat pad for nighttime heat. I was wondering what fixtures and lamps you use.

    I know I am planning to spend money on a pet that isn't mine, but we could possibly have it for years and I want it to have a good life.

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    What size and type of enclosure are you planning on keeping it in for starters?
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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    And which kind of tortoise is it?
    When everything goes without a hitch its only then do you realize something is wrong

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    It came with an enclosure that is 36" by 18" across the bottom. We were just told Herman tortoise, it is probably only 4 " long in the shell. We can probably up enclosure size when our basement is done being refinished, but that will probably be a couple months out.

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    Tortoises have always been some of my favorite animals to keep. I don't have any now but had many when I was younger.

    Maybe this will help
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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    I would ditch the heat pad. Tortoises much rather prefer heat lamps as basking is more natural. What you have (assuming) is a Hermann tortoise, and they will do poorly at less than 80 degrees F. I would try to find a large dome fixture that can handle at least 200W bulbs. As for the bulb itself, there are tons of bulbs that have both heat and UVB in them. These bulbs are much more expensive, but easier to deal with as you will only need one fixture and one bulb. I would recommend finding at least a 125W Heat/UVB bulb for your tortoise. A soil/sand/bark bedding would be a good one to use, but if not, different types of hay and grasses work well as the tortoise can also graze on the bedding. Lots of weed species are the tortoises primary food, but if weeds arent readily available, escarole, kale, endive, and carrot are good to use. Most dark leafy greens are also good to use, except for spinach. DO NOT FEED SPINACH. Pyramiding is usually an indication of too much protein or phosphorous in the diet, what was the previous owner feeding?
    50g Jag tank - 37g discus tank - 30g discus breeding tank - 26g BF Angel tank - 20H guppy breeding tank - 20L turtle tank - 17g planted community tank - 55 gallon discus tank build in progress! (see link)

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