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Substrate

Discussion in 'Russian tortoises' started by SmithyBlade, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. SmithyBlade

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    Hi guys I spray thoroughly the substrate every day it is orchid bark and my humidity levels are always 60-80% but I feel as if the substrate isn’t moist? Should I worry?
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    Spraying doesn't really work because the moisture evaporates quickly. You actually need to pour water in and mix it up with the substrate until it feels moist to the touch.
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    What kind of lid is on your enclosure? And how are you getting that humidity range? What kind of hygrometer do you have? Pics of your enclosure would help too :)
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    Ugh, orchid/reptibark is ok dry, actually rather pleasant smelling. But when wet it stinks BADLY to me...I agree with Rusky though, pour and mix because spraying is ineffective. You can pour and mix with Cypress mulch too I believe. The only drawback to having to do it is removing hides, basking spot slate, water dish, decoration and so on. Ewww wet reptibark is a nasty memory...
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