Box Turtle and Tortoise Discussion :: housing for russian tort

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Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:49 pm   housing for russian tort

hi everyone, i am thinking about getting a russian tortoise but in the future this is a little short term goal of mine :D . what i want to ask is if i could house one in one of those underbed sterilite storage containers? I saw one the other day at target and it was very long and wide very nice for a tort just that it isnt that high but i was thinking that could be solved by putting something around the rim taht would be able to hold the lamps they need, do u think this would be ok? Thanks for your help.
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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 9:13 am   

Here is the setup I have for my 3toed box turtle. It's a 46gal rubbermaid. It's good to buy one that is fairly deep because they can try to climb out. Obviously, you'll be using a different substrate but I wanted to show you what kind of tub I use.

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Also, here's a good care sheet for a russian. It gives you the lowdown on diet, habitat and all the other good stuff.

http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-russian.htm
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Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:05 pm   

Cool, you got natural grass growing in there? Hey where's the turtle? :(
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Post Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 9:16 am   

Yeah the grass grows pretty quick too. Dog was under his log at the time..sorry..lol
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Post Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:11 am   

Does he eat the grass? I love those kinds of mini-ecosystems, where the animal can eat the plants that grow in the tank while the plants feed off the waste from the animal. It's a mini-circle-of-life! :D Although it still usually needs our intervention to keep it balanced (i.e. some cleaning, watering, light, supplemental feeding, etc.) but not as much as a totally artificial environment.

Can you post another pic of your box turtles...pleeeeeaaaase. :D
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Post Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:18 am   

Actually, you'll find several sets of pics of all my herps in the Photo Gallery....just gotta look for my name on the post :-) Don't wanna hi-jack this thread any more than I have..
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Post Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 1:31 pm   

You're gonna make me work for it huh? :? he he!

(after seeing the photo threads)

Oh yea, I remember those pictures now! Nice animals you got there Jen! The one's of Dog running for his breakfast were cute. :D

Ok sorry about contributing to the hi-jacking...back to the Russian Tortoise thing...
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Post Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 3:10 pm   

Thank you for the info, I really like your set up.
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