1. V

    Is this good substrate? Seems kinda sus

    Hello all! I got a smol sulcata hatchling comin in this weekend and I was setting my enclosure up when I was kinda put off my the substrate I bought. I saw the recommended was orchid bark, so I went to my local lowes and they didnt have the specific one I was looking for, but they said this was...
  2. TurtleLadyKatie

    Cypress Mulch “Mix” From Lowe’s

    Hi! I’m wanting to get my mulch from Lowes this time around to save money like I’ve seen recommended on here a few times, but what I’m seeing come up is just a 60% cypress “mix”. I’ve seen some people still using the same one but was wondering if that sounds safe? I added a pic of the one I’m...
  3. J

    Fungus gnats!!!

    Hi guys, just hoping for some advice. My horse field currently has top soil for his substrate, but we’ve got a serious issue with tiny fungus gnats, so I was wondering if anyone knows of any other substrate we can use to avoid this problem! Also he seems a bit bored, is there anything I can do...
  4. Speedy and Pokey TheTorts

    What substrate should I use for my Marginated Tortoises?

    Hi I have two marginated tortoises and was wondering what substrate I should use that‘s as close to the soil in their native habitat. Thanks!
  5. B

    Pausing to think (photo)

    You guys ever catch your Torti in a compromising position? Well now and then I'll walk by or check my camera to see what Heidi is doing. Today I caught this girl stuck in a tight spot. It's funny because you can literally see her pausing to figure out how she's going to maneuver her way out of...
  6. laurenhodgec

    Fecal Impaction, substrate dilemma!

    Hi all, First of all, apologies my first post is not a positive one - but in need of some advice! My three year old Spur Thighed called Speckles fell ill around a week ago, his appetite had dropped, no pooping, and very lazy and lethargic which is the complete opposite to his usual self. I...
  7. snailpeekoutofshell

    ReptiChip/coco coir combo outside?

    This is the ReptiBark This is the coco coir After prepping my outdoor area for Beans I've been thinking about how I can get some clean fill dirt in his enclosure... but it would be a lot of labor to move that amount of dirt on my own and I would also have to purchase a wheelbarrow and something...
  8. J

    Russian Tortoise Enclosure Advice

    I'm very seriously considering a Russian Tortoise as a new addition to my family. Right now I have a 55 gallon aquarium that I'm a bit lost on how to best set up for my unaquired new friend. Due to the climate that I live in I'll be able to set up a small outdoor "playpen" but the large and main...
  9. obiwantortellini

    Substrate Question / Coconut Fiber + Reptibark

    I have a redfoot tortoise hatchling coming on wednesday, I have read some people saying that they need finer substrate like cypress mulch or something and that repti bark isn’t good enough for them. My temporary set up looks like this so far (still missing the uvb strip) should I add more...
  10. G

    New enclosure and burrowed

    Hi all! I'm new here but decided to make an account because I'm worried about my Russian tort, Arnie. I built him a new outdoor enclosure (8 ft long, 3.5 ft wide, 3 ft high) with a lid on top. I introduced Arnie to it (with supervision) for a short periods for a few days because he's never had...
  11. Coborbasta

    Underlining substrate

    Hi I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations on substrate to go under the orchid bark so the tortoise can burrow. I use tortoise terrain but realise it’s not good for them. cheers
  12. D

    Novice requires urgent help

    Hi All we have in the last 24hours unexpectedly inherited this beautiful girl. She hasn’t had the best living conditions so we want to make that right for her future so would therefore appreciate any help/advice from those who know rather than the conflicting advice I seem to be getting from...
  13. H

    Sulcata Outside enclosure

    Hey there guys ! I’m this is Normies my 1 year old sulcata. I’m just sharing this for some ideas ! I’m in California and we are in the mid 70’s rn . He also has a enclosure inside our home for the night time. I would like to decorate his outside enclosure with some eatable plants , any...
  14. Дружок

    Lucky Reptile Tortoise Bedding

    Does anyone have experience with the Lucky Reptile Tortoise Bedding? We now use Lucky Reptile Humus Brick on advise of the store we bought our Russian Tortoise...
  15. S

    Zoo Med Premium Repti Bark Natural Fir Reptile Bedding for Leopard Tortoise?

    Hi all! I have been doing some looking for orchid bark and I can’t find any that have a ton for the money. I noticed that the Zoo Med Reptile Bark is 100% fir and was curious if it would be beneficial to use? If not, what are the brands of orchid bark that y’all use? Thank you in advance!!
  16. H

    Substrate Questions (Pine wood poisoning?)

    Hello everyone! My tortoise (tortellini, age 6-9 months (my guess!), weight 79g, scl 7cm) is living in a vivarium at the moment. I thought this was best because he's really young and I got him when he was a hatchling 4 months ago - it's super dry where I am in the winter and I can't dedicate an...
  17. Redstrike

    Dust issues with Mulch and Coco Coir

    Hi all, I've kept redfoots (4) in the northeastern US for about 9 years. I see a lot of recommendations for cypress and hardwood mulch and coconut coir for our tortoises. I've used both and I have to say I'm concerned with the level of dust present in each. Occasionally I turn-over my mulch...
  18. PiL71

    Substrate Mixture?

    Hello anyone who reads this, What I would like to know is how can I make his substrate more burrow friendly? I've allotted about 6 inches of ground to him, but I've noticed it A. dries out fairly fast, and B. when dried does not retain it's shape. I have purely coco coir in there, with a bit...
  19. J

    Should you bake, boil or freeze loose coconut fiber substrate?

    Hello everyone, I just bought some Zoo Med eco earth loose coconut fiber substrate but i’m worried about having a mite infestation. I wanna know if others have had pleasant experiences with this substrate, or how I should clean it before adding it into the enclosure. - Thanks in advance!
  20. Savannah&Hamilton

    Substrate for my Tort

    Hi! I have been confused on this matter for a while, I need help! Is potting soil the same difference as top soil? I assume I should avoid fertilizer in the soil, correct? And is substrate the same as soil? Or is substrate something different? All in all, what is the best thing to use??? I...