About tortoise tables and humidity

tortyboyman

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Hello! For context I own a baby hermann's tortoise, and I constantly hear that tortoise tables are inferior as they are unable to maintain proper humidity or temperatures. However, my hygrometer constantly says my enclosure humidity is around 80%+ I am conflicted as the guide is old and it says they are able to handle lower humidity like 60%, so is a tortoise table a problem in that regard?

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And also, I was considering buying a dishwasher tub and turning it into a little hide, but I have this type of wooden hide already made into my tortoise table. Is it sufficient? Because either way I find my tortoise preferring to dig rather than hide in this area.
 

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No one has been able to keep humidity where it needs to be in a table. I'm thinking yours really isn't able to either, you'd be the only one!
Babies need 80% adults can have it lower or a humid hide.
I wouldn't add another hide, the enclosure if premade is likely bare minimum size for a young one and will need bigger as it grows.
 

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No one has been able to keep humidity where it needs to be in a table. I'm thinking yours really isn't able to either, you'd be the only one!
Babies need 80% adults can have it lower or a humid hide.
I wouldn't add another hide, the enclosure if premade is likely bare minimum size for a young one and will need bigger as it grows.
Yeah, my bedroom is just super humid. Worth the sacrifice for my torty. I use a humidifier and I dampen his soil almost thrice daily. I have eczema so I have overall benefited from the increase in humidity.
 

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Yeah, my bedroom is just super humid. Worth the sacrifice for my torty. I use a humidifier and I dampen his soil almost thrice daily. I have eczema so I have overall benefited from the increase in humidity.
Okay I see. If you pour warm water into the corners it will dampen the bottom substrate and you wouldn't have to spray it daily. Maybe only once a week or less.
 

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Tables are definitely not a problem if you’re able to maintain humidity. Most environments are too dry to maintain with an open top, which is why they’re not ideal.
 

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The wood itself will quickly swell, rot and fall apart from the moisture.
The mold will be growing before that.
Any wooden enclosure will need a liner of some sort to protect it. Even then it'll be inadequate for most species and also too small.
I realize it's already too late to help. But hopefully someone else will see this and use their good money on something else.
 
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