Habitat for Baby red foot tortoise

Sheldon24

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I have a 6 month old red footed tortoise. We were told to use paper towels at the bottom for a while to prevent aspiration. Is this the correct way? I’ve heard some people using different bedding but I’m not sure if it’s safe for such a young tortoise.
 

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I have a 6 month old red footed tortoise. We were told to use paper towels at the bottom for a while to prevent aspiration. Is this the correct way? I’ve heard some people using different bedding but I’m not sure if it’s safe for such a young tortoise.
Use reptibark or similar orchid bark. They can eat the paper towels.
 

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I have a 6 month old red footed tortoise. We were told to use paper towels at the bottom for a while to prevent aspiration. Is this the correct way? I’ve heard some people using different bedding but I’m not sure if it’s safe for such a young tortoise.
Nope absolutely not, use orchid bark🙂
Pour luke warm water into the corners of the substrate, not loads but enough to dampen the under layer, keeping the top layer dry, to avoid the top getting dusty, mix the substrate now n then.
Also feeding on a large serving slate will avoid baby ‘aspirating’ on any substrate, not that aspiration tends to be the main concern, it’s more about them causing a blockage, again though the large slate will avoid this👍🏻
And please refer back to your first thread so we can help you further😊
 

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Nope absolutely not, use orchid bark🙂
Pour luke warm water into the corners of the substrate, not loads but enough to dampen the under layer, keeping the top layer dry, to avoid the top getting dusty, mix the substrate now n then.
Also feeding on a large serving slate will avoid baby ‘aspirating’ on any substrate, not that aspiration tends to be the main concern, it’s more about them causing a blockage, again though the large slate will avoid this👍🏻
And please refer back to your first thread so we can help you further😊
Thank you so much!!! I will run out and get some! I thought it was weird to only use paper towels because I’m spraying them down all day and they don’t keep warmth in!
 

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Thank you so much!!! I will run out and get some! I thought it was weird to only use paper towels because I’m spraying them down all day and they don’t keep warmth in!
No problem at all! Yeah paper towels will dry out so quickly in a red foot enclosure, it’d be impossible to keep up your humidity, they’re a risk if eaten and they must get messy pretty fast.
Any further questions please ask away🙂
 

Sheldon24

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No problem at all! Yeah paper towels will dry out so quickly in a red foot enclosure, it’d be impossible to keep up your humidity, they’re a risk if eaten and they must get messy pretty fast.
Any further questions please ask away thank y

No problem at all! Yeah paper towels will dry out so quickly in a red foot enclosure, it’d be impossible to keep up your humidity, they’re a risk if eaten and they must get messy pretty fast.
Any further questions please ask away🙂
Thank you so much!
 

Sheldon24

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Nope absolutely not, use orchid bark🙂
Pour luke warm water into the corners of the substrate, not loads but enough to dampen the under layer, keeping the top layer dry, to avoid the top getting dusty, mix the substrate now n then.
Also feeding on a large serving slate will avoid baby ‘aspirating’ on any substrate, not that aspiration tends to be the main concern, it’s more about them causing a blockage, again though the large slate will avoid this👍🏻
And please refer back to your first thread so we can help you further😊
Thank you so much!!! I thought the paper towels was weird!
 

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Thank you so much!!! I thought the paper towels was weird!
Paper towels are used for tortoises on de-worming treatment or post-surgery/wound healing to prevent contamination from substrate. Absolutely ridiculous to use them for a healthy tortoise.
 

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I have a 6 month old red footed tortoise. We were told to use paper towels at the bottom for a while to prevent aspiration. Is this the correct way? I’ve heard some people using different bedding but I’m not sure if it’s safe for such a young tortoise.
Orchid bark is good just don’t get large chunks or they might try to eat it. You can also try to mix it with coconut fiber to help retain even more humidity as well as some moss.
 

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Moving right along just fine, great advice and help offered! Lucky tortoise!
 

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Orchid bark is good just don’t get large chunks or they might try to eat it. You can also try to mix it with coconut fiber to help retain even more humidity as well as some moss.
Moss is stringy and can cause a blockage in the intestines or wrap around the tortoises limbs. Tortoises can't digest moss but they most certainly will try to eat it.
 

Sheldon24

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Paper towels are used for tortoises on de-worming treatment or post-surgery/wound healing to prevent contamination from substrate. Absolutely ridiculous to use them for a healthy tortoise.
We are learning very quickly that the shop who sold us the tortoise had no idea what they were doing. Thank you!
 
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