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Moist shelters?
Posted: 29/08/2011 by krissander

Anyone tried making a moist shelter? I found one described on the tortoise table website on the homepage, if so I would be interested to know the results.

Re: Moist shelters?
Posted: 29/08/2011 by tortoise7

That is a new one on me, must go and have a look Click and drag me down to the editor


Re: Moist shelters?
Posted: 31/08/2011 by tortoise7

Hi Sandra
Wasn't that interesting. I have read a few articles now on how humidity can be the cause of pyramiding, and I am inclined to agree. My little one has had everything that she should and still some of her scutes are raised. I spoke with a top specialist in the tortoise world and they could not find anything that I was doing wrong, but reading about humidity I think that has been the problem. My only concern about the moist shelter is that it could be too damp and cause respiratory problems if not erected correctly, that is not to say that I wouldn't have an attempt at building one and seeing how my Keya gets on. I think it is an area that I will read more about as I do believe that humidty plays a big part in the shell growth. What do other think?

Re: Moist shelters?
Posted: 01/09/2011 by DavidWYork

This link will get you to the info on moist shelters. Well worth a read.

 It makes perfect theoretical sense to me. I do hope that long-term results continue to eradicate deformed shells. In the wild reptiles avoid the hotter temperatures instinctively, and head for cover. Micro climates vary within a few inches, and it seems clear that we tort keepers must give choices to tortoises. Any one keeping tortoises outdoors will be well aware how their torts avoid the hotter times of day...its only "Mad dogs and English Men" that go out in the mid-day sun!

Regards David nr York


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