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Hello. It's been a while. Please welcome my new baby!
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Let me tell you a story about it. I used to have 3 torts including 2 females, they laid eggs for several times but they never hatched. (I thought that the male was too old to mate successfully)
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I even prepared a pool of sand for them to lay eggs.
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Lately, the weather was so tough, and they were very inactive. I was scare that they can't survive the heat on the top floor of a city house. And so, last month, I took them to go on a 500 kilometers trip to a wildlife rescue center inside a national park, where the specialists would take care of them until they are healthy enough to be released to the wild. It was very sad to say goodbye.
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Then, all of a sudden, we found this little thing hiding under a rug, 4 weeks after sending the parents off. (Thanks God I didn't step on the bumpy rug to flatten it). My parents said that our poor tort is an orphan since birth. 🥹
Now I'm trying to setup an enclosure for our baby, hopefully he will have a peaceful and cheerful childhood.
 

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My oh my! What a happy ending!! Now you get to start all over again, and make your indoor enclosure very appealing and a great place for your baby to live. In my experience, babies do best when kept inside a closed enclosure the first couple of years. Here's how I start all my babies:

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The plastic shoebox has baby box turtles in it, and next to that on the right is a radiant heat panel sitting on a couple of bricks, forming a cave.
 

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Wow, that's a cool story. Would never have thought to look under the hump in the rug, glad you did though.
The type of enclosure Yvonne should would be best and give the baby the best start.
Good luck. Keep us posted on how she does and if you are going to keep her.
 

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Hello. It's been a while. Please welcome my new baby!
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Let me tell you a story about it. I used to have 3 torts including 2 females, they laid eggs for several times but they never hatched. (I thought that the male was too old to mate successfully)
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I even prepared a pool of sand for them to lay eggs.
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Lately, the weather was so tough, and they were very inactive. I was scare that they can't survive the heat on the top floor of a city house. And so, last month, I took them to go on a 500 kilometers trip to a wildlife rescue center inside a national park, where the specialists would take care of them until they are healthy enough to be released to the wild. It was very sad to say goodbye.
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Then, all of a sudden, we found this little thing hiding under a rug, 4 weeks after sending the parents off. (Thanks God I didn't step on the bumpy rug to flatten it). My parents said that our poor tort is an orphan since birth. 🥹
Now I'm trying to setup an enclosure for our baby, hopefully he will have a peaceful and cheerful childhood.
Awwwwww!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢😍😍😍😍😍😍
 

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Thanks for all your well wishes!
He (we suppose the baby is a male because he has his father's shell color) hasn't eaten anything, though I gave him lettuce and mango. Maybe he's consuming the yolk? The plastron is soft.
I was going to bought a fish tank, but the problem is the temperature. It's often around 30ºCelcius here so a glass tank can be very hot. Then i opt for a wooden enclosure like these models. I know wood can't last long with water, but maybe 2-3 years can be fine. How do you think?

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P.S. Yes I did found 2 more eggs but they don't seem to develop at all. Maybe because they were buried quite shallow near the surface. I just leave them there and cover with more sand.
 

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The setup looks lovely. You could preserve the wood from moisture by lining it with a shower curtain lining.
 

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The setup looks lovely. You could preserve the wood from moisture by lining it with a shower curtain lining.
Do you mean a plastic sheet? Sorry we don’t use shower curtain here ☺️
 

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My oh my! What a happy ending!! Now you get to start all over again, and make your indoor enclosure very appealing and a great place for your baby to live. In my experience, babies do best when kept inside a closed enclosure the first couple of years. Here's how I start all my babies:

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The plastic shoebox has baby box turtles in it, and next to that on the right is a radiant heat panel sitting on a couple of bricks, forming a cave.
Does the light bulb function as heating or giving UVB?
And I remember reading your post about using pine bark, and you suggested fir or cypress bark is better than normal pine bark. Can you remind me please? (I havent found the post yet)
 

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Does the light bulb function as heating or giving UVB?
And I remember reading your post about using pine bark, and you suggested fir or cypress bark is better than normal pine bark. Can you remind me please? (I havent found the post yet)
Pine bark is toxic, fir bark and cypress mulch are safe but, probably, aren't easy to find. I think you can get coco coir (aka coco peat, soil-like crushed coconut shells, not fibers) cheaper and easier. It holds moisture well too, safe and works fine for baby tortoises.

P.S. - the lamp on the photo is marked T5 HO, it's for UVB
 

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A pet shop imports the Forest floor bedding of ZooMed, and the price is 90$ for a 24 cube litre bag. Only 3x higher than Ebay US. 🤪
There is also fir bark from China. The description says 100% natural fir bark but the big brandname is pine bark? 🤨
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I’m afraid the coco peat can be messy and hard to clean out?
 

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A pet shop imports the Forest floor bedding of ZooMed, and the price is 90$ for a 24 cube litre bag. Only 3x higher than Ebay US. 🤪
There is also fir bark from China. The description says 100% natural fir bark but the big brandname is pine bark? 🤨
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I’m afraid the coco peat can be messy and hard to clean out?
I wouldn't risk with pine bark (unless you can look at the sample, smell it and so).

There will be mess with any substrate. Damp hand-packed coco coir is not much more messy than cypress mulch. Spot cleaning is easy with each substrate. Fir bark sticks less to your tortoise, its food and dishes and don't make a muddy pool out of a water dish. However, substrate price and availability are more important (you need a lot for a decent size enclosure). Also, I like texture and "softness" of coco peat and cypress mulch more than fir bark (yet I'm not sure if my tortoise feel the difference :) )
 

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Thank you. I'll try coco peat when the enclosure order arrives.
 

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