1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Humidity levels

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by ThatOneTortoiseLoverKid, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. ThatOneTortoiseLoverKid

    ThatOneTortoiseLoverKid Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2018
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location (City and/or State):
    Redwood City
    Hi, my name is Omer. A week ago I got my baby hermanns tortoise. Shes really cute and seems healthy as she comes out for food. But lately, shes been hiding in her half log everytime humididty levels drop, which worries me. I've tried misting the enclosure, but only minutes pass until humidity levels drop once again. If her sudden unactiveness is caused by humidity, then it wuld be great if someone could help me, and if not it would be great if someone could help me figure out what this is caused by. Thanks!
  2. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    76,363
    Likes Received:
    40,613
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    Welcome!

    I'll let others offer advice. I'm not a Hermann person.
  3. Grandpa Turtle 144

    Grandpa Turtle 144 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    10,362
    Likes Received:
    7,685
    Trophy Points:
    113
  4. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    36,517
    Likes Received:
    12,741
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    If the enclosure is open top then you will not be able to keep humidity or heat for that matter steady enough for a baby. Cover the enclosure.
    If it is covered then you are not getting enough moisture in there for the temp it is.
  5. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    36,517
    Likes Received:
    12,741
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
  6. HermanniChris

    HermanniChris Well-Known Member TFO Sponsor 10 Year Member!

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2007
    Messages:
    1,930
    Likes Received:
    1,537
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Deep, moist substrate is the key for Hermann’s. They are particularly prone to skin nodules from overly humid conditions which is why closed enclosures for them do not work always. Keeping the substrate deep enough (5-6”) and by actually adding water to it (instead of misting) will help. Heat/Lighting should not be overly intense for this species and there should be no nighttime heat source on. These factors will all help and keep in mind that burrowing is 100% normal and should be allowed.
    You can find plenty more info on my site HermanniHaven.com
    rnchick74 and JimF like this.
  7. ThatOneTortoiseLoverKid

    ThatOneTortoiseLoverKid Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2018
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location (City and/or State):
    Redwood City
    Thanks Chris! Sorry its a late reply, I've been on a trip. But im back now.
Similar Threads: Humidity levels
Forum Title Date
Introductions Humidity levels Feb 22, 2011
Introductions I have questions about substrate and humidity Oct 30, 2016
Introductions humidity and bedding Mar 14, 2015
Introductions humidity Mar 14, 2015
Introductions Frustrated with humidity Dec 17, 2014

Share This Page