new elongated tortoise

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Hi! I am a newbie into keeping tortoises though I have been wanting one for years. I recently purchased a female (i think) elongated tortoise and i was wondering how you keep yours? Do you provide basking spots? I read that they are not fond of basking. How often do they poop? Mine seems to go on an irregular basis. I am from the Philippines and she gets to bask everyday so I didn't purchase uvb lighting. I am conflicted if I should put any heating/basking light. Her tub temperature gets to 32 degrees without heating already and that is when I put the tub inside my room yet she doesn't poop everyday. Thanks for your inputs! :tort::)

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I don't provide a basking spot, but do see mine occasionally basking in a warm sun patch. My guy has very regular bowel movements - every night in the bath he poops in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter he poops every other night. Are you bathing her daily? 32 is plenty warm for them. Is there a place that is cooler than that for her to get too when she wants to cool down? That enclosure is well planted but fairly small for a tortoise that size.
 

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Hi, and welcome to the Forum!

That's a very pretty tortoise.
 
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I don't provide a basking spot, but do see mine occasionally basking in a warm sun patch. My guy has very regular bowel movements - every night in the bath he poops in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter he poops every other night. Are you bathing her daily? 32 is plenty warm for them. Is there a place that is cooler than that for her to get too when she wants to cool down? That enclosure is well planted but fairly small for a tortoise that size.

Yes I do bathe her. Every night. Maybe she's still just adjusting to the environment? She does burrow sometimes to cool down. I don't always place her tub under the sun. Her tub is usually placed by a screened window inside my room and sometimes it gets to 32 degrees. Usually 29-30. At night it drops to an average of 27. She seems pretty active. Just not pooping regularly. She pooped 3 hours ago while I was bathing her which is good. :) and the tub is temporary. I couldn't find a bigger one and can't really build her a large outdoor enclosure due to space issues which sucks. I was thinking I'd purchase another one of these tubs and find a way to somehow connect the 2.
 

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Hi Kenneth, welcome to the forum. I am also from the Philippines and also new to this forum, I would like to ask what substrate are you using? I bought my tortoise more than a month ago in one of the pet store in Davao and I think we maybe having the same source. Mine usually bask for more than an hour daily and poop once or twice a day. I believe basking light is no longer needed (although I bought one unit) and I am also planning a bigger enclosure outside the house. Does your tort having a good time with the squid shell? I have not tried giving one to my tort but plans to do the same since this is available in every pet stores here in Davao.

Joel
 

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Hi Kenneth, welcome to the forum. I am also from the Philippines and also new to this forum, I would like to ask what substrate are you using? I bought my tortoise more than a month ago in one of the pet store in Davao and I think we maybe having the same source. Mine usually bask for more than an hour daily and poop once or twice a day. I believe basking light is no longer needed (although I bought one unit) and I am also planning a bigger enclosure outside the house. Does your tort having a good time with the squid shell? I have not tried giving one to my tort but plans to do the same since this is available in every pet stores here in Davao.

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Hello, Joel. I bought mine at Percell's. I allow my elongata to bask at least 30 mins under the sunlight and i also bought a uvb bulb. Is your elongata male or female?
 

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Hi Kenn, I also got mine at Percell's, there were 4 at that time I got one tortoise. It is still unsexed according to Jong who is the owner of that pet store. I still have to wait around two years to determine its sex. How was your tortoise doing? What is the substrate you're using?
 

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My tortoise is doing okay. A bit shy. I am using cocopeat as substrate. How about yours? Can you show me a pic?
 

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Hi Kenn, I posted a thread under Introduction, title is Newbie to Tortoise (Elongata), April 26. I posted a lot of pictures of my tortoise in that thread. I keep mine in the aquarium since I am still observing its behavior, but I also have a bigger area full of plants and shade, I take time to transfer him/her in that area during the day for better sunlight and a walk for exercise.
 

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Hi Kenn, i think the Philippines is quite close to Elongata's original habitat in terms of temp, humidity, plants, etc. So I would not provide UVB for it if i were you. I am from Shanghai where the temp will drop to below 20 C when Autumn is coming so I have to put it into an indoor enclosure where the air can be heated up. But during summer time, I will just let my Elongata roam in my apartment. I soak him every three days. He only poops during soaking, making my life much easier.

Mine doesn't like basking at all. Whenever I walk it under direct sunshine, it goes to the nearby shades as soon as possible. Other's seem don't like direct sunshine as well. So I guess as a rainforest tort, elongata might not need basking as much as Afraican tortoise might do, but you can always make the place for basking available to it just in case.

I also feel the tub is a bit small for it. Anyway, nice tort and welcome!
 

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What a cute tort! GOD bless.

Yep, torts take long to adapt to a new environment, and here a lot of patience is required. ;)

And a very warm welcome to the forum. :D
 

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First time I ever even heard of an Elongated Tortoise! Gorgeous. As I said before, I love this site.
 

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My elongated tortoises love to eat cuttlebones (squid shell). It is much easier for them to eat if you peel off the hard shell first.

How is she doing?
 

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