It's unfortunate you missed the last two sentences of my post. Let me re-state it here:
"This is nothing against the original poster, it's just we've gone around this argument before countless times and I'm floored at the arguments against UVB exposure."
I'm not referring to you as illogical...
The sun emits Ultra Violet wave lengths. Most animals utilize this wavelength to synthesize Vitamin D3 which is also an important calcium binder. I see no reason to exclude redfoots, or any animal, from ultra violet wavelengths and deny them the bio-chemistry required to survive and acquire...
Sounds like a good plan.
I really love the details outlined in Mike Pingleton's book for redfoot care: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19412843-the-redfoot-manual
I also greatly appreciate this resource in your neck of the woods (UK) for food items out of the garden...
I soaked my tortoises every other day or two for the first year. After that, they had to figure things out on their own.
If they have a ceramic-coated or plastic plant saucer that is level with the substrate, they ought to be able to figure out water intake. So long as you don't move the...
Looks like marbling on the plastron. I don't see marbling on the carapace, just looks like new growth to me.
You'd see the same white "feathering" on the carapace as you've observed on the plastron if marbling was occurring there as well.
I soaked my redfoot hatchlings every couple days for the first year. After that, I didn't soak them.
If your humidifier is the "cool mist" (ultrasonic) it may be avoiding the stream because it can lower the temperature in the area that the fog occurs. It's likely avoiding that area due to the...
Pine-cone or not, they are great looking tortoises! A couple of my redfoots have some bumps. Nothing major but bumpy none-the-less. I suspect it was from moving; they received a lot of mazuri/zoo med for convenience and were kept in temporary enclosures where the parameters weren't as tight...
Here's some shots from 2012. The tortoises were still pretty fresh from the egg. Amazing to see how their colors have changed. Mandarin and Mimosa were so orange (hence the names) but now they're more red.
If they aren’t fire ants, probably won’t bother the tortoises.
Diatomaceous earth is another alternative. It lacerates their exoskeleton and they eventually dry out. Could be tricky to use outside with rain, I’m unsure if it’s efficacy in an outdoor setting.