Substrate for Baby Sulcata

Tortimomoftx

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I am preparing for a new baby Sulcata. I am using the Zoo Med tortoise box. Do all baby tortoise require a damp substrate, like orchid bark? Do Sulcata require something different?
 

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In my opinion, the Zoo Med Tortoise House is a waste of money for a young sulcata. They grow so fast, he'll outgrow that space in less than a year. It's so much cheaper to buy a couple of very large plastic totes, cut out opposing ends and stick them together. And with plastic, you don't have to worry about the wood getting wet and warping/rotting. Yes, you need a moist substrate for a baby sulcata. And you'll even have to cover or partially cover it to keep the warm, moist air inside and the cool house air outside.

Please read the sulcata care sheet that's pinned at the top of our Sulcata section.
 

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Welcome! Yes damp, read the care sheets for Sulcata's. A lot of people don't like the zoo med for torts but if you modify it right it will work great while it's small. Mine has worked out great for me.
 

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Hello and Welcome:) ditto on all above, as for substrate, I like coconut coir. Keeps humidity the best,won't mold or cause impaction and if you dampen it and pat it down tightly, it works great. Some if Toms great sulcata care sheets are also below in my post.
 

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In my opinion, the Zoo Med Tortoise House is a waste of money for a young sulcata. They grow so fast, he'll outgrow that space in less than a year. It's so much cheaper to buy a couple of very large plastic totes, cut out opposing ends and stick them together. And with plastic, you don't have to worry about the wood getting wet and warping/rotting. Yes, you need a moist substrate for a baby sulcata. And you'll even have to cover or partially cover it to keep the warm, moist air inside and the cool house air outside.

Please read the sulcata care sheet that's pinned at the top of our Sulcata section.[/QUOTE
In my opinion, the Zoo Med Tortoise House is a waste of money for a young sulcata. They grow so fast, he'll outgrow that space in less than a year. It's so much cheaper to buy a couple of very large plastic totes, cut out opposing ends and stick them together. And with plastic, you don't have to worry about the wood getting wet and warping/rotting. Yes, you need a moist substrate for a baby sulcata. And you'll even have to cover or partially cover it to keep the warm, moist air inside and the cool house air outside.

Please read the sulcata care sheet that's pinned at the top of our Sulcata section.

Read the care sheet. I am returning the zoo med house. Thank you for the advise.
 

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