Lighting for Hermanns Tortoise


New Member
Sep 15, 2014
Hi, I need some lighting advice for my Hermann's Tortoise. I have a ZooMed tortoise house enclosure, and I need some help with the lighting. I have a 25 watt UVB strip bulb, a heating pad, and a Nocturnal infared heat lamp as well. I want to know how long I should keep these lamps on, and If this is healthy for him. (The last thing I need is an unhealthy tortoise!) Do I need anything else for his enclosure? Are the lamps to close? (Also, this isn't lighting related, but do I need a water bowl? I feed him Romaine Lettuce, Dandelion Leaves, and fruits) If you could respond to this ASAP, this would be great. Thanks.


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5 Year Member
Oct 29, 2013
Location (City and/or State)
Ohio USA
Yes, you need a water dish. A terra cotta plant sauver works great. No fruit. Too much sugar is not good for them. I leave my lights on from 7am to 10 pm. I turn everything off at night and let temp get down to low 70. Mine is an adult though. Here is a care sheet for russians who have the same care as your hermanns. Look over the diet especially.

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