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Female Leopard Tortoise

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Posted by: scott0221 at Sat Apr 25 17:12:39 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by scott0221 ]  
   

Hi,
I am looking for help regarding our tortoise. We have a 10 inch female leopard. We recent moved from Colorado to Minnesota. She is not doing very well. She is healthy, but not happy. She belongs to our 15 year old daughter who was considering selling. We are moving again (to Idaho) in a few months and are hoping it will go better.

We would like advice on weather (MN and Idaho) and/or indoor enclosures, substrate, and other options for helping us keep her happy. We just purchased a large 6 foot by 2 foot box (formally a snake cage). Timothy Hay smells terrible and is not holding humidity. She gets poked in the eye. We tried coco husk, but it seems to quickly mold here and gnats appeared. Now we have dry floor, 2 ponds (water dishes), some hay, some hay but the box smells. We are wiping it out every other day. The weather is improving here so she will have some time to cruz outside, but weather in Idaho still entails another long winter indoors. In CO, she spent lots more time roaming outside and we have a large tortoise table (it did not survive the move). Hay and coco husk worked fine living there. Is her size or the weather making it a problem now?

We have a couple cats so have been hesitant to have an uncovered enclosure, but she seems to need more space. Is she old enough to protect herself from the cats or we correct in keeping them separate? Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.


   

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