Russian tortoise habitat
Typically, Russian tortoise habitats for adult size animals are going to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2′ x 4′. Also,Keep in mind that low airflow, high ambient temperature, as well as relatively High humidity are imperative for the first 12 months of life. Tortoises that are raised with low humidity will often fail before one year of age.We recommend using something that has limited airflow including an aquarium so long as you block off the side so that the animal cannot see out.
Things as simple as sweater boxes with lids can be used, paper towels of substrate, so long as you’re able to keep the ambient temperature in the neighborhood of 88°. Also, be sure to spray down your enclosure2 to 3 times a day when possible to keep the humidity where it should remain. By keeping humidity in the neighborhood of 75 to 80%, this will ensure a very smooth shell growth, as well as your Russian tortoise is not dehydrating slowly due to overhead heating elements andUVB lighting.
UVB lighting should be provided 8 to 10 hours a day in the neighborhood of a 10% UVB lamp we recommend utilizing a T5 high output lamp and fixture as opposed to a compact fluorescent screw in.
Those that are using open top enclosures need to seriously consider limiting the airflow and holding in the humidity. Sometimes, these enclosures including the tortoise house are able to be modified or supplemented by using a reptile Fokker system.We do have reptile fogger systems available here at great prices so we highly recommend that you check it out before you finish your purchase. A reptile or tortoise fogging system should be used on all baby tortoise habitats if you asked the biologists here at Tortoise Town.
Russian tortoise humidity
Humidity is a big deal for any species of baby tortoise for sale, and the baby Russian tortoise is no different. Keep the humidity in the range of 65-70% for yearlings to juveniles, 50-60% for adults, and as high as 75-80% for captive bred Russian tortoise hatchlings. Using a reptile fogger will help keep the humidity up. Some people put it on the same timer as the lights, keep it filled at night. Because it is tied to the same timer, the fogger can simulate morning dew each morning when it comes on with the UVB lighting and the hot spot.
Male vs Female Russian tortoise size
Did you know that female Russian tortoises for sale grow to just about double the size of males? A male Russian tortoise will grow from 5-6″ on average at full maturity. Female Russians grow anywhere from 7-10″ with a much “rounder” shape than males. Males can fight with one another and should not be kept with other male tortoises. Female Russian tortoises may be housed or kept in groups and seem to get along just fine.
Baby Russian tortoise for sale hatching here at tortoise town!
Additional Russian tortoise care information
We offer a huge Russian tortoise care section of our website, all prepared by our staff Biologist. Take the time to learn proper Russian tortoise care needs including:
- Pet Russian tortoise care sheet
- baby Russian tortoise diet
- Russian tortoise water
- Russian tortoise humidity
- baby Russian tortoise size
- Russian tortoise lifespan
- Russian tortoise habitat
- Adult Russian tortoise UVB Lighting
- Russian tortoise temperature
It is very important you find the right russian tortoise breeder that only works with captive bred baby tortoises for sale, NOT wild caught. The biggest problem with russian tortoises for sale is that most are wild caught and can be as old as 40-50 years old when you buy the russian tortoise. So when you see a very cheap russian tortoise price, you know it is NOT a captive bred russian tortoise.