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    Good enrichment ideas?

    There’s a couple inches of substrate! He always digs a hole at night to sleep. What plants do you suggest? And should I put them in pots or just in the soil? And his box is darker than the rest I originally made it that way thinking he’d go in there to sleep but he seems to just dig a hole in...
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    Good enrichment ideas?

    Just posted one!
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    Good enrichment ideas?

    There is a part you can’t really see that’s his box, he hardly uses it though only sometimes
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    Good enrichment ideas?

    I have a male hermann and he has an indoor enclosure about 10 ft long. I need some enrichment ideas for him for the colder season that’s coming when I can’t take him outside. I try and scatter some food around in different spots but else is good for mental stimulation for them?
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    What to finish the wood with

    This is actually the finish I purchased (the watco butcher block) glad to know your tort has been healthy with this. I am also lining it with a pond liner just in case so he shouldn’t have any contact with the wood anyways. I’m planning on letting it dry out about a week at least before putting...
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    What to finish the wood with

    Thanks for the advice! He’s in pvc now and he just needs something bigger since he’s about full grown now. I like the pvc it keeps the heat and humidity in, just thought this would be a fun project.
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    What to finish the wood with

    I’ve already built the wood enclosure…. I just haven’t put a finish on the wood yet
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    What to finish the wood with

    So you don’t think the food grade finish will be safe? It’s for an adult Hermann tortoise
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    What to finish the wood with

    I am building my tort an enclosure with maple and birch wood. I had bought food grade stain/finish (meant for cutting boards mainly) I figured this would be the safest option for my tort. What do you guys think? Would this be the safest option? Also for lining the bottom would you recommend a...
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    Timothy hay for Hermann Tortoise?

    Hello! I recently heard someone saying they give their hermann Timothy hay, I’m surprised I’ve never tried this before (I also have a rabbit so I always have hay on hand) I was wanting to double check that Timothy hay is safe for a hermann before I give him some. Has anyone else given their...
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    Thank you! It’s definitely scary. He seems to be doing better and is still eating and is getting more active again now!
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    Thank you for the advice, I will dig his hide deeper in the substrate. He’s a digger also so he loves digging himself into corners and burying himself. This morning he still visually seems okay. He ate almost all his food this morning right away. He still seems lethargic a little he went right...
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    I think he was climbing on his hide and flipped over into his water dish after I was trying to figure out how he did that. He climbs on everything, he’s an adventurous tort. I hope he’s okay, he seems better now. I just wasn’t sure how long he had been like that, and I didn’t know how to tell if...
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    He is a hermann tortoise I’m not 100% sure of age (he’s a rescue) but if I had to guess he’s almost full grown so about 8-10 years old?? He seems to have calmed his breathing now and is snoozing under his heat. I’m going to leave him alone for the night and gradually check on him and see how he...
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    Yes this is what I do for his big clay one. Which this is the one he normally uses because it’s big enough for him to get in and out of easily. He’s never tried to get in that other water bowl before but I guess he got curious today
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    I’m planning on keeping a non light heat emitter on tonight so he can stay warm
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    I also haven’t heard the chirping noise now for maybe like 10 minutes he’s just basking now
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    Mid 80s and a basking platform of about 95. He is basking right now. I have a big clay one for his main water dish but the ceramic one I had on the cool end more for the plants l. But I just took it out and am just going to use the clay ones I have
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    Tortoise was upside down in water

    Hermann tortoise. I use a shallow ceramic dog bowl because it’s easy to clean and I just bury the bottom so he can easily access it.
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