Maintaining humidity in a Tortoise Table

Redfoot Sam

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Hi. I'm Sam, and this is my first post here! I own a 10 year old Redfoot and have a question about humidity in my tortoise table that I recently built.
The table is about 6.5' X 3'. My first attempt at keeping heat and humidity in was to create a wooden "tent" over the top with one side on a hinge so I can lift it to get into the enclosure. IMG 3834 IMG 3835 I did this, and heat now stays at 80 with no problem.
The problem it the humidity. When i spray it, it will go up to 40 Percent or so, but only for a few minutes. What can I do to keep the humidity up?
P.S. For substrate, I have about three inches of topsoil, and about an inch and a half of cypress mulch.
Thanks!
 

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Hi, and welcome to the Forum!

Spraying does no good at all. You have to pour a pitcherful or more of water over the substrate and mix it up with your hand to get all the substrate evenly moistened. It would also help if you put a piece of aluminum cooking foil over the space created by the lights.
 

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Hello and Welcome. Use warm water and try to keep the top layer dryer then underneath. RF are prone to shell rot if constantly sitting on wet substrate.
 

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Hi Sam, and welcome to the forum! :)

That's a lovely setup. Your tort is really lucky-touch wood. By the way, any pics of your tort? ;)
 

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Is that analog hydrometer what you are using to read the RH%? It is unlikely that you'll get an accurate reading from that.

I like to use the digital thermometer/hydrometer from AcuRite. It's like 10 bucks.

The foil tent and adding more water will make a difference, too.
 

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Hi. I'm Sam, and this is my first post here! I own a 10 year old Redfoot and have a question about humidity in my tortoise table that I recently built.
The table is about 6.5' X 3'. My first attempt at keeping heat and humidity in was to create a wooden "tent" over the top with one side on a hinge so I can lift it to get into the enclosure. View attachment 194759 View attachment 194760 I did this, and heat now stays at 80 with no problem.
The problem it the humidity. When i spray it, it will go up to 40 Percent or so, but only for a few minutes. What can I do to keep the humidity up?
P.S. For substrate, I have about three inches of topsoil, and about an inch and a half of cypress mulch.
Thanks!

I purchased a mini greenhouse from amazon..its been holding at 70-75 steady and hot...well worth it...they come in many shapes and sizes...
 
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