Why you should and should not use soil bedding for tortoises?

If you’re looking for natural bedding material, then soil can be the best bedding for tortoise you want. Tortoises pretty much walk on it and dig through it already in the wild, so they are as natural as you can get

However, It not means that soil bedding does not have the downsides. You would not choosing the wrong type of bedding for your pets as it can actually have really detrimental effects on their health. This post is the pros and cons of soil beeding and also the best way to use soil as bedding for tortoises.

#1 Advantages of soil bedding

As long as it does not contain additives like fertilizers or perlite, is the most natural substrate for indoor tortoise pets. Soil is very cheap. When packed down, it provides a good walking surface for tortoise.

Besides, tortoises can also bury themselves, dig nests to lay eggs, tunnel through this material fairly easily without it collapsing too quickly. Additionally, if you want to put plants in tortoise enclosure, soil is the best material to support them. When it kept moist, soil provides a humid enviroment for burying species.

#2 Disadvantages of soil bedding

The problems with using soil, however, is that it can be very messy mud it if too wet. It can can be flicked around if your tortoise digs through it. And it can be very dusty when dry, this could be problematic if you or anyone in your family has respiratory problems.

Soil can contain unwanted bugs, parasites, and their eggs, which can cause harm to your tortoise, especially the parasites. Soil also can contain fertilizers and perlite, animal feces like chicken droppings and bat guano. Organic soils can contain aromatic wood shreds/chips of unknown type, these can irritate tortoises and allergic keepers.

#3 How to properly use soil as bedding

If you plan on using soil as bedding, at first, you have to sterilize it properly. You can do so through steam, using an oven or a microwave. The trick is to subject the soil to as much heat as possible for a long enough time.

You also can by some safe soil bedding products for tortoise such as Zoo Med’s ReptisoilOpens in a new tab., Exo Terra’s Plantation Soil, or even some organic gardening soil products.

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