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Posted by cagrlalwys on May 13, 2003 at 07:47:55:
In Reply to: Plz anwser all my russian tortoise question posted by sacred_dragons on May 13, 2003 at 02:50:21:
Hi! Is the 40 gallon one the biggest you could find? That might be a little small but if that's all you could find then it will be ok. The bedding on there works very well and the tortoises seem to love it. I use a 150 watt heat lamp for mine and as long as it's not sitting against the plastic then it will be fine. DONT USE THE HEAT PADS OR ESPECIALLY THE HEAT ROCKS. Those burn them very badly. They are used to over head heat so they dont know when it's too hot on their tummy and will sit there until they get burned. Yes you will need heat appliances along with a UV bulb. I wouldnt put it near the window as it would get too hot in the whole enclosure and they need a warm and cool end to go to. Good luck :)
:I am new to the tortoises and am deciding on getting a Russian Tortoise soon, I have tried to gain info by reading russiantortoise.org and I have bought A 40 gallon rubbermaid tub and play sand, I dont what bedding to use, but the site says bedapet and sand plus hay(any suggestions here). I really want to use the tub But am afraid that I cat use a heat lamp on it since rubber and I am afraid the lamp will burn rubber and maybe catch fire in my home. I am considering one of those heat pads or a heated rock but some websites say theyre bad(another question with needed anwsers). Is there way i dont need any heat appliances? I will keep in an area between 2 large windows. I live in So Cal so the average night morning temperature lowest are 55 and noon to afternoon around 76. One last wuestion, anyone buy from prehistoricpets.com? because I live near it and went to it, and know its not captive bred, but I dont know any captive bred tortoise sellers, should I buy from there? can anyone tell me a good online or so cal store that sells quality Russian TOrtoises. Thank you, all help is deeply appreciated by me.