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    Question Box Turtle Substrate

    What kind of substrate do you use for your box turtle?

    At the moment my hatchling is in orchid bark mixed with organic soil.

    I try to mist the enclosure often to keep it moist and humid but I fear everything is drying out.

    Any tips? What do you use? How do you keep the humidity up?

    Any information would be most grateful.

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Bark chips aren't a very good substrate for box turtles as they burrow and chips get in the way. I use sphagnum moss that I picked up at Walmart garden center. It holds humidity better then soil and once every other week I put the box turtles outside and just mix up their enclosure and spray to get it moist again.

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    excellent!! Thank you so much. That is what I've been hearing.

    I was told by one person orchid bark and now I am hearing about moss. I can't seem to get the bark to hold any moisture at all.

    Do you add soil at all? Or is it just the moss?

    Do you have any plantlife in your enclosure?

    Have you had any problems with Mold?

    Thank you so much in advance for any advice

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    the moss I picked from the garden center has the consistency of soil so there is no need to add regular soil.
    I planted an aloe plant and a pothos vine in my adult enclosure but the hatchling tank just has a water tray and cave.
    No I haven't had any problems with mold but I mix the soil every now and then and when getting the substrate wet you want it slightly damp but not to the point that if you pick up a hand full and squeeze water will gush out.
    I can upload a picture of them later if you want. This photo is an old one of the hatchling enclosure.
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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Excellent! So, they just borrow down in there with ease ? That's great. I'm headed out to town tonight to pick some up!

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Yep I rarely see the 3bigger hatchlings. The littlest one doesn't seem to dig. image.jpg can you spot the turtle?

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Wow!! My Little Dude is gonna love that! HE just digs and digs. I see 2 turtles. Are there 4 in there? LOL!

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Yes there are. His cage is until they are closer to the adult size and then I will switch them into the adult enclosure.
    Hatchling cage:image.jpg notice any turtles? it is roughly a 29 gallon long with these 4 turtles:image.jpgimage.jpg
    Adult enclosure: image.jpg where's the turtle? It is a 500g long with this box turtle:image.jpg and this wood turtle:image.jpg

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Wow!! Your turtles are ninjas! I couldn't find any of them.

    I just got back from Lowes and got a humungus block of Moss. It's huge!! It was a clearance summer item and I couldn't pass it up. I read all the back info and it said it was all organic so I'm hoping it will be ok for him.

    Does it expand a lot once put in?

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    Re: Box Turtle Substrate

    Nope. I haven't notice it expand at all and don't pour water on it lightly spray it as it is already fairly moist so it won't take too much to get it just right. It isn't like the regular moss that comes in hard bricks and you add water and it swells to stringy stuff. It is literally organic dirt.

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