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#1 dinosaursmum

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:04 PM

hi i have picked up "dinosaur" today...he came with a home as we got him off a friend who can no longer have him....he is only 1 :O)
just a quick question......there is a heat lamp and uv light on one side of the table, but next to the heat lamp on the "wall" there is a heat mat....does he need this? i thought ur not supposed to use heat mats....?

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:22 PM

Hi There,
You are correct. Heat mats are not good for tortoises. They can affect their thermo self-regulation and can cause nasty burns. I wouldn't use them. Take care.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:13 PM

thank you, i have moved it now :O) i think the shop where she got him from wasnt very good as at the min he is in a vivarium (i have taken the lid off!!) and he sold her pellets, and the heat mat and he didnt come with any papers....and she doesnt know for sure how old he is, just that he is around 1...Also on the floor he has like tiny wood chippings, is this suitable? i am going to get some top soil and i was thinking if the chippings was ok do half in soil and half in these chippings, seperated by some stones.....?

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:03 PM

Hi,
I would use an open top table for an indoor enclosure. Vivs are not very suitable for torts as they quickly overheat and can confuse and stress torts with there see through glass. I would also remove the wood chippings and use all topsoil. This is the safest, most natural and best substrate to use. Hope this helps. Take care.
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:20 PM

dinosaursmum. It's back to the drawing board I am afraid, everything needs to be changed, don't just move those heat mats, bin them. ;) A good supplier for sterilised top soil is Wickes: http://www.wickes.co...5l/invt/200247/

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:33 PM

when i said moved it, i mean to the bin lol we had to cut the wire to get it out of there anyway x it is open top now as i took the glass off the top, so it is open and i am monitering the temp in there.....it only has a glass front which i am going to cover along the bottom with something so he cant see the glass and doesnt get confosed...x

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:47 PM

Sounds good. ;)

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:50 AM

just found out he is a horsefield not a hermann! stupid pet shop man!! arnt i supposed to be able to trust the man who i buy the pet off!!!!




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