temperature

  1. G

    New tortoise owner- burrowing, not eating a lot, stressed/depressed?

    Hi new tortoise owner here. I’ve had my 4.5 inch female Russian tortoise, Sprinkles, since Friday. From what I’ve read they usually have a great appetite and she doesn’t seem to be eating a lot,she eats her greens but doesn’t touch her dried flowers or pellets. Ive only tried pellets a couple...
  2. G

    Do I need a higher watt bulb?

    New tortoise mom here. I have the bulb that I posted a picture of. Under the bulb seems to be 85-90 on average. I have a tortoise table that is 12.4 inches high. I have the ceramic lamp piece that sits right on the mesh of the tortoise table. Should I get a 100 watt bulb instead?
  3. No1much

    Electric fan in indoor table

    Hello. Just wondering if small desktop fans are okay in the tables. I have two Russians in (separate) indoor tables atm. It's summer in the UK and we're getting a bit of warm weather and Aircon is rare here. I live in a flat that's partially in the roof space and it gets warm. It's currently...
  4. TurtleLadyKatie

    Star Tortoise Cool End Too Cold

    Hello! I recently changed the ceramic heat emitters for my 2 year old Indian stars because I discovered using a probe thermometer that their hot side temps were too high. I moved them down to a 50 watt instead and now hot side temps are perfect (high 90s Fahrenheit directly under the bulb, about...
  5. J

    Hermanns Tortoise Help!

    Hi all I am fairly new to this so please bare with me! I have a (aprox) 1 year old Hermanns tortoise and am struggling with the enclosure. I currently use a mix of Tortoise Life Substrate and Orchid Bark which it seems fine with…. Unless anyone else has any other recommendations. But I am...
  6. Ascott8769

    Sheltered temperature too hot?!

    Hi I have recently got a Mediterranean spur thigh tortoise he has an open vivarium and is being kept in our living room. We have just checked the temperature for the undercover shelter where he sleeps and it is reading at 80F which I am aware is too hot. Any guidance or tips on how to cool it...
  7. DracosMum

    Humidity and temp

    Hi all. I am a new tortoise mummy and I'm obviously trying to get everything perfect. Can someone clarify what temps I need to keep my tortoise table. Basking temp Little hideaway (where he sleeps at night) Remainder of the table. Also humidity, what is best for my little 7 month horsfield...
  8. Scollins17

    Enclosure Temperature

    Hi @Tom I have a yearling marginated I posted for about a week ago. I bought a glass terrarium like you recommended to help keep better control of the humidity. This terrarium is much taller than the box I was using so my 100w ceramic heating element is only getting the basking spot to about...
  9. A

    Govee Thermometer/Hygrometer Accuracy

    Hey guys I have the Govee Bluetooth Thermo Hygrometer. I’m wondering whether it’s really accurate? Been checking it lately and the temps are too high and the humidity is really low even after I’ve misted the place like crazy because i got paranoid thinking my tortoise would dehydrate . If it’s...
  10. 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...
  11. T

    Enclosure Queries

    Hello, I'm currently trying to set up my adult Russian's new 8x3ft wooden vivarium but would really appreciate some advice on a few things please before I move him in there: - There seems to be little black bugs all in the orchid bark, like really tiny flies. Does anyone know how I can get rid...
  12. ashleymiller28

    Night time temperature for young Sulcata?

    Hello, I was wondering which way I should go about temperatures during the night for my young sulcata. I recently just purchased a 100W CHE to use during the night to keep temperatures warm, however under the CHE my thermometer is reading 92-95 degrees while it is 82-84 degrees on the opposite...
  13. E

    25 watt dangerously low? (freaking out!)

    Hello! I just got myself a baby elongated tortoise, around 2-3 inches. Unfortunately while setting up his lights the other day, the 75 watt bulb I had for him tapped the table and broke the wiring inside it so it won’t turn on. Thankfully I had a 25 watt red light bulb on hand but now I worry...
  14. rubyg22

    Night time temperatures for baby horsefield tortoise

    Hi there. I’ve just got a baby horsefield tortoise. Had him for a couple days and he’s seeming all good! Just have one question regarding night time temperature if anyone could help. We have him in a tortoise table, and so far for the first couple of nights he’s insisted on being in the open...
  15. Jasminemmm

    Today, I got my hermanns tortoise baby. Question about the desirable temperature.

    I am very excited that I finally got my hermanns tortoise baby today. It is a four months old well-started hatchling. And this is my first tortoise. I am trying to make sure the tempature I have in the enclosure is ideal for the baby hermanns. What should be the right temperature during day...
  16. LifewithFrank

    2 Year old Russian Hibernating? or Is the heating too cold/hot?

    Hey everyone, I have a question my 2 year old Russian tortoise has started to slow down in pace as the winter rolls into California. He's an indoor tortoise and says inside, except for the occasional outings to his outdoor shelter once in a while when it's not too cold, and not raining...
  17. Mark_jaa

    Various questions regarding my new Redfoot! Please help!

    Hello, So, I'm a newb in tortoises, just got my Redfoot last Sunday. I've got many questions, since I've learnt a lot in this week of ownership, and each new day brings new worries for me! Would appreciate help from people here, since I've heard this forum is ideal for gathering knowledge. 1) I...
  18. E

    Good temperature for Mesopotamian?

    I'm planning to get a Mesopotamian (Golden Greek) tortoise in the near future. For the vivarium, I'm a bit confused about what the temperature should be. I know that there should be a 90-ish area for basking, but what temperature (for this specific breed) should the rest of the enclosure be...
  19. Shortyalex16

    2 year old sulcata making whistling noise from nose

    Hello everyone, First of all, In a few days it will be Sheldon's estimated birthday. I would like to thank everyone who helped me when we found Sheldon in our garden two years ago as a hatchling. I remember not knowing a single thing about tortoises and thinking Sheldon was a desert tortoise...
  20. turtlebean

    how smart is my tortoise??

    hi all, I have been wondering for quite some time now if my tortoise (or any tortoises) can sense the seasons changing? Do you guys think they instinctually know and can feel when the outside weather gets warmer or colder even though my house temperature is borderline the same all year? Do they...
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