Deadly water dish

TammyJ

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I got one of the bowls before finding this forum. I put some flat tiles (I already had them at home) in mine that come up nearly to the sides. Basically it makes it extremely shallow. I like the look of the terra cotta better though too. But figured may as well go with what I've got at the moment.

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I think you might have over done it with the stones here. You still want to provide water and space. Can’t quite tell, but is your dish sunken down into the substrate? Thats always a plus. Much easier for torts to walk over and sink their head (and hard-shelled bodies) down into a dish.

Maybe it’s just the clarity of your water & the overhead aspect.
good luck.
OK, I'm gonna stick my neck out here...I applaud your use of the flat stones, and I certainly understand why you did that...but the tortoise needs to be able to soak and put it's head under the water and I don't see how that is possible the way you have it, and a close look at it's carapace shows an extremely dry looking carapace, with the beginnings of pyramids. The water should be a little above the 'bridge' where the plastron and carapace meet. I don't mean any disrespect and you can tell me to go fly a kite but I'm just saying what I see...if I am wrong some expert will point that out...🤓
 
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The water should be a little above the 'bridge' where the plastron and carapace meet. I don't mean any disrespect and you can tell me to go fly a kite but I'm just saying what I see...if I am wrong some expert will point that out...🤓
You're totally right! So the stone in there is pretty "holey" so he can grip it pretty well. It is hard to see from the photo, but it does have some depth still.

His shell is getting dry. We are in the process of building a closed enclosure for him, but it's taking longer than expected 😬 We are giving him daily soaks and constantly spraying water in the current setup and keeping the substrate damp. I'm hoping his new home will be finished next week 🤞

And I definitely appreciate the feedback! I love that everyone here is so willing to help!
 

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I think the water level is more important than the dish. You gotta base the water level on the size of the tortoise to reduce chances of flipping and drowning.
 

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I think the water level is more important than the dish. You gotta base the water level on the size of the tortoise to reduce chances of flipping and drowning.
The depth of the water has nothing to do with tortoises flipping in these bowls with tall vertical sides.
 

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Never had a problem with using these types of dishes. I've had 2 ( broke one on the sink when washing it) I do prefer the stone type one over the resin though just cause there is more grip for their feet
 

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I think the water level is more important than the dish. You gotta base the water level on the size of the tortoise to reduce chances of flipping and drowning.
That is why I said fill the water up to the 'bridge' on his shell, that's where the bottom shell (plastron) meets the top shell (carapace)
 

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Never had a problem with using these types of dishes. I've had 2 ( broke one on the sink when washing it) I do prefer the stone type one over the resin though just cause there is more grip for their feet
Frankly in almost 20 years of keeping turtles and tortoises and using that very same water dish, I have never drown a chelonian. I only stopped using them when I stopping having clutches from my sister. I have never had a bad experience with them.
HOWEVER...my sister and numerous experienced keepers here on TFO have. So even tho I haven't, I'm not taking any chances. And when my sis is so emphatic on how dangerous they are, I listen
 

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Frankly in almost 20 years of keeping turtles and tortoises and using that very same water dish, I have never drown a chelonian. I only stopped using them when I stopping having clutches from my sister. I have never had a bad experience with them.
HOWEVER...my sister and numerous experienced keepers here on TFO have. So even tho I haven't, I'm not taking any chances. And when my sis is so emphatic on how dangerous they are, I listen
I had more trouble with flipping over in a plant pot dish like what everyone keeps suggesting and not once with these. as long as they are properly sunk into the substrate.
 

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I had more trouble with flipping over in a plant pot dish like what everyone keeps suggesting and not once with these. as long as they are properly sunk into the substrate.
Of course that's what I said too, but their point of contention is the tall straight inside sides. The tort tries to turn around in a corner, or is just trying to climb out, and the tall walls tip him over. I can see it happening actually, so if I had small torts I would not use those dishes again. Just sayin
 

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