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Humidity concerns

Discussion in 'Russian tortoises' started by Walter21, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Walter21

    Walter21 New Member

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    What should the humidity in a Russian tortoises enclosure be? With it being winter time my enclosure is around 20%-30%. I have read so many conflicting things. Some say to have it around 50% and others say 30%. What do you all recommend?
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    If it’s an adult Russian, humidity doesn’t matter as much as long as you have a damp substrate and/or a humid hide :)

    (But also don’t quote me on this because I don’t keep Russians :p)
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    Welcome Walter, we are glad you are here and asking questions!

    Your Russian is from an area that is incredibly dry year round; now that he or she is an adult, it is well equipped to live in a dry environment. If you only had someplace very humid for it, that would be a concern. But dry is okay.

    If your Russian lives entirely inside, make sure it has easy access to water; that should be enough. (Even then it may not drink very often.)

    I am afraid TechnoCheese is right, the enclosure in that picture is not large enough to keep your tortoise healthy in the long run. After you’ve had a look at the care sheet, please come back and ask some enclosure questions. :)
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    Walter always has access to water but rarely uses. I do give him a bath every other day as well to ensure he is hydrated.

    I am in the process of building his a new enclosure right now that is much bigger!
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    That’s great!

    Soaking never hurts but once you’re sure he’s healthy and happy a Russian probably doesn’t need it that often. My outdoor Russian drinks when she comes out of hibernation; we’ve never seen her drink otherwise.

    I soak her every week anyway! But it’s more for my sake than hers. :)
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