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JoFisch

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We just received an Eastern Hermann’s tortoise from Garden State Tortoise. Her/his name is Opal. I have spent lots of time on the forum learning from other keepers and we are excited to watch her/him grow. I know enclosure specs are always asked for so here they are.
2’ X 3’ enclosure with a PVC frame to allow for a shower curtain top to hold in heat and humidity. We already have plans and materials for her/his next enclosure, eventually she/he will have an outdoor enclosure (not for a year at least) and a 4’X8’ indoor enclosure
My shower curtain enclosure maintains daytime humidity in the upper 60% range and at night when the lights are turned off it gets over 80%.
I have a 65 watt incandescent bulb for a basking light and a CHE to maintain ambient temp. Basking temp is about 97-100 warm side of enclosure is 88-90 and cool side is 80 degrees. I shut everything off at night. Night temp is 73. My substrate is coco coir topped with fine orchid bark, 5 inches total depth. I have a T8 reptisun 10.0 UVB tube that is 12 inches above the substrate. My 9y old daughter was the initiating force for this endeavor but I am pretty obsessed by it.
 

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JoFisch

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I am in the lower Yakima Valley. I grew up in Western Washington but my folks now live on the Oregon Coast.
 

autumn_0201

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We just received an Eastern Hermann’s tortoise from Garden State Tortoise. Her/his name is Opal. I have spent lots of time on the forum learning from other keepers and we are excited to watch her/him grow. I know enclosure specs are always asked for so here they are.
2’ X 3’ enclosure with a PVC frame to allow for a shower curtain top to hold in heat and humidity. We already have plans and materials for her/his next enclosure, eventually she/he will have an outdoor enclosure (not for a year at least) and a 4’X8’ indoor enclosure
My shower curtain enclosure maintains daytime humidity in the upper 60% range and at night when the lights are turned off it gets over 80%.
I have a 65 watt incandescent bulb for a basking light and a CHE to maintain ambient temp. Basking temp is about 97-100 warm side of enclosure is 88-90 and cool side is 80 degrees. I shut everything off at night. Night temp is 73. My substrate is coco coir topped with fine orchid bark, 5 inches total depth. I have a T8 reptisun 10.0 UVB tube that is 12 inches above the substrate. My 9y old daughter was the initiating force for this endeavor but I am pretty obsessed by it.

Seems like great enclosure! Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy your time here with us. Best of luck for you and Opal, too!
 
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