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 Redfoot Tortoise NEED HELP!

Ok, first order of business, I need help taking care of my Redfoot’s shell rot. I don’t have a picture to post, but I researched it and it looks like shell rot. Pretty mild, patchy dry spots on her plasteron (the bottom not the top). For now, I cleaned out the substrate and have it on clean towels. "She" still eats very well, she is defecating normally and is active. So how do I take care of the rot? Its not going away with normal cleanings. Second order of business. What kind of substrate do I get that I can keep moist without molding and causing shell rot?

I would really appreciate your help, this is my first Redfoot...

04/27/13  05:03pm


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  Message To: BT_lvr(Smashby)   In reference to Message Id: 2296385

 Redfoot Tortoise NEED HELP!

Redfoots need high humidity not wet substrate.

offer a pool(plastic paint tray will work) & keep the substrate, a 2 to 1 mix of organic top soil & childrens play sand moist but not wet......if you take a handful of substrate & squeeze it only a few drops
of water should drip if alot more than that its to wet.....

also have a "Hide" in the moist substrate area
also a DRY AREA for your RedFoot to bask under a UVB bulb
& hide...

kids wading pools make good enclosures for a RedFoot

or a Turtle Table

04/27/13  08:22pm


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  Message To: Rokdog   In reference to Message Id: 2296398

 Redfoot Tortoise NEED HELP!

Good suggestions I think, but my recommendation for substrate would be wood chips such as cypress mulch or orchid bark... with this there is no worry about substrate particles being ingested, and it dries quickly even after getting wet... I once kept some tortoises for a long time that way, in a wooden enclosure with low sides, kept outdoors (however I live in South Florida where temps are fairly mild all year round).
For some suggestions about how to treat shell rot, please check this out:

04/29/13  04:20pm


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  Message To: Rokdog   In reference to Message Id: 2296398

 Redfoot Tortoise NEED HELP!

holy tortises is that a farm? lol

12/11/13  07:05pm

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