- Feb 19, 2015
I just got my Russian tortoise last month, did all my research and found that most people suggest coconut coir substrate so that's what I got. I took my tort to the vet and he found a significant amount of pin worms. I have to go in two more times to get my tort dewormed and he said to throw out my substrate and use newspaper from now on. At first I was upset because that's not very natural for the tort and seemed weird but he was very adimate on getting rid of it. I understand it's was easier to clean and will help with keeping the worms from spreading more but I would like other people's opinions on making this a permanent switch. He seems very happy in the newspaper and burrows very deep which I think gives him a "natural" activity to do that he couldn't with the coconut stuff.