How I keep the humidity up in a tropical tortoises enclosure

These guys are hingebacks and, much like redfoots, need high humidity in their enclosure. These guys like it about 70-80% during the day, rising to 90+ every so often. All leaves and moss are from outside in areas i know don’t use pesticides etc and are just washed before placing them in. The base layer is sterilized top soil mixed with coco coir – make sure to not use compost or similar things because a lot have stuff added to them that are toxic (or full of poop!) Over the soil is a layer of sphagnum moss and then a layer of reptile friendly bark. The bark and leaves seal in the moisture in the soil but prevent them from permanently being on a sopping wet surface. 🙂 The hides are just a plastic hamster hide, a live food tub and an ice cream tub with an entrance cut in and sharp edges sanded down (its a hard life but someone has to eat all that icecream). The hides are filled with soil, bark then moss and on top leaves to protect the moss from the heat somewhat. The water bowl is deliberately closer to the heat lamp to allow it to evaporate off during the day – it does need to be refilled  2x a day though! 🙂 I normally don’t like glass tanks for tortoises, but this one is covered on 3 sides to prevent them stressing. Glass tanks don’t keep heat in well either but my whole room is heated to 21c permanently – their optimum ‘cool end’ temperature. They also raise humidity, but i need that humidity! 🙂 It is covered almost completely with polycarbonate in the basking end (hole cut in for lamps) and wood in the darker, cooler end. This works very well for me, and the babies thrive in it. It can be harder to achieve the look and to maintain it but it pays off in the end! 🙂 

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Great suggestions! Awesome tortie parent! 

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