Top soil humidity question

Coganada

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Hi guys,

I recently bought a bunch of sterilised top soil for my Russian tortoise. I'm just a bit confused about the humidity as everywhere recommends 40%-50% however my humidity ratings indicate 80-90% (when the sensor is submerged in the soil).

Is it only the air around the tortoise that needs to be 40-50% or does all of the soil (including beneath the surface) need to be the correct humidity?

Thanks
 

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Hi guys,

I recently bought a bunch of sterilised top soil for my Russian tortoise. I'm just a bit confused about the humidity as everywhere recommends 40%-50% however my humidity ratings indicate 80-90% (when the sensor is submerged in the soil).

Is it only the air around the tortoise that needs to be 40-50% or does all of the soil (including beneath the surface) need to be the correct humidity?

Thanks
You want ambient humidity. (Or humidity in the surrounding air.)
 

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Hi guys,

I recently bought a bunch of sterilised top soil for my Russian tortoise. I'm just a bit confused about the humidity as everywhere recommends 40%-50% however my humidity ratings indicate 80-90% (when the sensor is submerged in the soil).

Is it only the air around the tortoise that needs to be 40-50% or does all of the soil (including beneath the surface) need to be the correct humidity?

Thanks
Soil should never be used for tortoise substrate. Its not safe.

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