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RE: Substrate mixed with food

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Posted by: KevinM at Sat Jun 14 10:56:10 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

I wouldnt think a small amount of soil and sand would cause problems. I know play sand is suggested as substrate because the grains are rounded and less likely to obstruct or cause internal damage, especiall for older adult torts. As far as water dish, make sure its comfortable for the critter to get in and out of. For my hatchling torts, is use the 1/4 to 1/2 inch tall flower pot dish that you use under the pots. Maybe six inches across. I use bigger ones according to the size of my tort. My redfoot living outside has a huge flower pot dish about 1 to 1.5 feet across and about 2 inches tall. My box turtles have no problems clambering in and soaking in a plastic small animal litter box thats about 2 to 3 inches tall. If the dish isnt too deep to worry about drowing, but maybe a bit too tall for them to easily get in, try putting stones about half as tall as the dish around the outside edge to help them climb in like steps. Maybe even one or two in the dish about half as tall to help them haul out. You can also look at the ramped water dishes most large petshop chains sell. You could even partially sink the dish into the substrate to help them get in.


   

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