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Joan, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
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I brought my baby turtles down to south padre island with me

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I brought my baby turtles down to south padre island with me .they live in an aguarium with sand but I feel the sand is not good for them. Can you suggest a different kind of dirt or soil? Can I use potting soil that is organic for them. They were layed in New Mexico they are used to dirt.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 2 years ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and reptile rescue.

Orchard hay can be used in as a substrate, but what is suggested is a mixture of 50% clean topsoil and 50% COARSE -playsand. The Fish tank should be replaced with a tortoise table. The Tank is not an adequate home for tortoises. It stressed them as well as a big cause of respiratory issues. This is a Tortoise Table and how to construct it :

You also need to lights A UVB which I suggest a Reptisun 10.0 linear tube and a Basking light. They should have a calcium supplement to work with the UVB light as well as have a high fiber diet of grasses and hays to mimic their natural diet.

I hope this information is helpful and it addresses your concerns.