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#1 aud7

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 12:25 PM

AUOKER

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AUOKER Reptile Carpet, Brown Reptile Terrarium Liner Mat Substrate Bedding Fits All Sorts of Gecko, Bearded Dragons, Lizards, Iguanas, Anoles, Turtles, Snakes - Made of Natural Coconut, 24 X 16 Inch


And this is the coconut fibre carpet i am referring to.
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Posted 22 August 2019 - 02:51 PM

Hi Aud,

The best way to approach questions like that is to think of what tortoises have in nature. Basically, they have the ground with soil as a base, and gravel/small stones, rocks, plants, piece of woods etc

I would advise you to buy top soil and create an indoor environment that resembles to what a tortoise has in nature.

What kind of indoor enclosure do you have for your tortoise?

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:21 PM

I have a tortoise table which includes a bed compartment,a heat and uv bulb and the main part of the table i use the Komodo terrain. Any plants i put in it do not last so i am thinking of purchasing tropical plant thing i saw on amazon which although artificial is weighted so it doesnt topple and apparently tortoises like it in their enclosure.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:25 PM

Is normal top soil available from garden centres suitable? Would i be required to put a liner type material over the base of the table first to help protect it from moisture etc. I thought the tropical terrain was better than top soil as it was specially developed for tortoises but am i wrong in my thinking?

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 03:51 PM

Is normal top soil available from garden centres suitable? Would i be required to put a liner type material over the base of the table first to help protect it from moisture etc. I thought the tropical terrain was better than top soil as it was specially developed for tortoises but am i wrong in my thinking?

Hi yes just buy topsoil from any garden centre, or I buy the Westlands topsoil from B&M stores, you could line the table first to protect the wood, you can use pond liner or some thick type plastic sheets, also the soil needs to be a good depth.

Things like tropical terrain and other products bought from pet shops are not always the best, just because they sell them doesn't mean it's good it's just a money making racket. x  :)



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 04:36 PM

Excellent. Thank you so much for your help. Can i now just ask what your opinion on the artificial tropical plant thing is? I will try to forward the link

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:16 PM

Komodo

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:38 PM

Articial plants are far from ideal because there is the risk of eating them and ingesting plastic.

I find that when I plant grass plants in the soil in the indoor enclosure they do fine. For the grass plant I go to my allotment plot and dig out some grass still attached to soil and replant them in the enclosure.

Also I add cactus in pots (crassulas and cactus pads).

Hope this helps.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 04:10 AM

Excellent. Thank you so much for your help. Can i now just ask what your opinion on the artificial tropical plant thing is? I will try to forward the link

Hi Nic,

I wouldn't go for plastic plants as said above the tortoise will try and eat these, when I had hatchlings in a table I used to plant Carex grass plants these worked really well, also some say spider plants work great also, in my shed I have Yucca plants as these are a bit taller so work well for bigger tortoises, hope that helps. x  :)



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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:54 PM

Excellent. Thank you so much for your help. Can i now just ask what your opinion on the artificial tropical plant thing is? I will try to forward the link


Never use any artificial plants, substrate, food etc, they’re all really bad for tortoises.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:45 PM

Thank you all for your help and advice. Please can i just ask wizzasmum to clarify what you mean by artificial substrate? I am presuming topsoil and natural coconut fibre substrate are okay and that manmade reptile carpets are a big no no. Sorry but would hate to do anything wrong or detrimental to the tortoise.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 09:13 PM

Yes reptile carpet is really bad, it’s just a commercial product intended to make money out of you. Topsoil and coir are a great mix :)




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