Humid hide--found a cool box

HarvestHerp5

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I found this box at WalMart yesterday. I thought it might make a good humid hide for my RF's indoor/winter enclosure. Question is, do you use the snap-on lid on the bottom as it is a little wider and will accomodate the tortoise longer (box tapers slightly to the bottom)? Or do I set the box upside down directly on the substrate? I plan to glue a sponge on the upper portion, whether that ends up being the lid or the bottom of the box. They had a larger size too--about the same height but larger in width and depth. I liked that this one wasn't clear like most shoeboxes. Also, how small should I cut the hole in the side? Just big enough for her to get in now? 20170901_142214.jpg
 

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If it were me, I would put the top on top so you can easily lift it to check things and clean.
I have made the mistake a hundred times, putting the box upside down placed with the lid as the floor and regret it every time.
 

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If it were me, I would put the top on top so you can easily lift it to check things and clean.
I have made the mistake a hundred times, putting the box upside down placed with the lid as the floor and regret it every time.

So, do I leave the base of the box and put more substrate in it, like coconut coir? I was thinking leaving the lid on top would be easier. Thanks very much for your input!
 

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I agree! You will find it to be more difficult to lift the box up from the lid itself, that from taking off the lid!
 

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I'd use it with no lid upside down.

Door hole should be just big enough for the tortoise. Enlarge it periodically, as needed.
 

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Use the lid. Much easier, been there done it too many times all the other ways. Cut the hole and fill with substrate. Leaving the lid as a lid. You won't regret it, but you will regret it not using the lid as a lid.
 

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My RF absolutely loves this box. She sleeps in it every night now that she's inside. I put the lid on the top, glued a sponge to it, and have moss inside it. It's a hit!
 
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