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so many questions about hatchlings

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Posted by: link_tortus at Sat Oct 6 18:21:38 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by link_tortus ]  
   

Hello!
I got a baby sulcata last week and I've been reading many contradicting things about how to take care of them.
Some people say to put a small water dish in with the tortoise but then some people say not to because it'll create too much humidity. I've been soaking my tort everyday in tepid water for 15 to 20 minutes and he seems to love that. But is that enough?

Also, I have questions about substrate. The pet store I got him from said that finely ground pine chips as substrate is fine for sulcata tortoises, but then other people say to stay away from that. What do you recommend?

And when I first got my tort, his skin seemed very healthy, the right amount of moisture, and for the most part its stayed that way, however his skin is peeling a little bit on his head and he keeps scratching the sides of his head by going in and out of his shell. What can I do about this?

And last but not least, his little mouth is getting awful messy after he eats. Soaking doesn't seem to remove all the dirt and I tried to clean his mouth using a wet q-tip (very gently of course) but he doesn't like it obviously and ducks his head in his shell. If anyone has any techniques for cleaning a stubborn sulcata hatchling, I would greatly appreciate it.

Otherwise, he's eating, he's digging trenches, and seems to be happy and healthy.


   

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