Could you tell us the dimensions of the enclosure? Is it a vivarium or a open table? Maybe a picture?Hey I recently bought this enclosure from Amazon and I was thinking about getting a baby hermans tortoise for it just not sure what I should use as substrate any ideas?
But think about what a tortoise needs a hide a water bowl a few inches of substrate a heat lamp and an uvb lamp and even if u could fit all of that in such a small enclosure ur tort wouldn't be able to move and also couldn't escape the heatIt's a baby I know it needs more space as an adult I asked for substrate not for ur opinion on my enclosure
Thank u this is dimensionsCould you tell us the dimensions of the enclosure? Is it a vivarium or a open table? Maybe a picture?
Over the past four months I have swapped out my hermanns substrate many times. I started with topsoil, then switched to Coco coir, and now I'm using Reptibark (orchid/fir bark). I can easily say that Coco coir and reptibark are the winners. Reptibark is great for under the basking and UV bulbs for your tort to rest on and burrow a little. The Coco coir is great for retaining moisture and burrowing. So if I was you, I would mix the two together and have reptibark on your warm desert area under the bulbs, and Coco coir on the other side where it is moist and humid. This will create a good microclimate for your tort. Obviously if you can't afford or don't want to do this then just go for one of these, I would probably choose coir over the reptibark.
I hope my little anecdote has helped you!
The guy in the pet shop told me that this would be ok for 1 year till he needs a upgrade and I mean they sell them often I think they have experience also I'm gonna place the tub in the sun so he doesn't need lamps thxI'm sorry if this offends you in any way but there is no chance of a baby Hermann's being able to live a healthy life in that small tub. If you are actually planning on using that then I am begging you please don't. Speaking from experience, my hermanns is a baby and is only 6cm big - he has a massive 130 x 60 cm enclosure and that's just for himself and he loves to walk around. They need the space to roam around and get exercise. Please don't use this tub.
Pet shop employees hardly ever know what they are talking about. You CANNOT put a hermanns in this. It is too small. They need a basking lamp that heats their shell to about 32°C (95-100°F) so they can digest properly. If they don't have this, they are inactive, don't move and won't eat. If you a placing it outside in the sun and it is warmer than 20°C all the time then they don't need a uvb bulb but still need the basking bulb. They also need some decor, a water dish, a food dish and a humid hide which you will not be able to fit into that tub.The guy in the pet shop told me that this would be ok for 1 year till he needs a upgrade and I mean they sell them often I think they have experience also I'm gonna place the tub in the sun so he doesn't need lamps thx