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A complete self cleaning, self maintaining bioactive kit for Pancake Tortoises. Native to Kenya and Tanzania these unique tortoises are known for the flattened, softened shell. In the wild and in captivity these tortoises have adapted to squeeze their bodies tight into rock piles, tunnels, or any other tight space they can fit their bodies into to protect themselves from predation and excessive heat. It is very important to provide stacked rock, cork or other means to provide your tortoise the ability to climb and wedge their bodies into their crevices for security.
Pancake tortoise territories include scrubland, temperate and subtropic areas. With the way Terra Sahara is designed to function with water the substrate will provide higher humidity pockets beneath the surface layer to provide this specie a wide range of humidity microclimates. We recommend at least 6" of digging/burrowing space for your tortoise.
The Dude's proprietary Bio Shot will promote the self cleaning, self maintaining bioactive ecosystem for your tortoise. With their unique desert requirements, Terra Sahara is used. Not only will all of their tunnels and burrows be retained, this will allow you to create humidity dens in certain parts of their terrarium. Mixing cork within the substrate and on the top level will allow your tortoise to create necessary dens and burrows. This unique mixture will also allow you to plant arid dwelling live plants that are edible to your tortoise. Plants that are available in the terrarium should have the expectation that they will be destroyed. This not only provides enrichment to your torts, but allows them to naturally forage and graze as they would in the wild. The Opuntia is a favorite snack to these tortoises.
The Dude's Ca+ bones are great to break up and mix in the soil. Not only will your Pancake tortoises find them during their digging excursions and slowly eat them, but this is a great alternative way to offer necessary Calcium. Calcium is vital for proper shell development and overall muscularskeletal longevity.
With land tortoises in general their environment becoming 100% self cleaning takes slightly longer than it typically would due to the overall size of their environment and their destructive nature. They will take the substrate on the bottom and turn it on the top, they will flip over your cork and attempt to eat and destroy the plants - What you have to remember is that this is what they do as a species and it is important to nurture that. With their diet being mainly organic plant matter with the occasional protein their feces breaks down very quickly. This kit is expected to give your tortoise the ability to dig deep, dense tunnels while giving them the ability to thermoregulate, hydrate and feel secure.
It is very important to provide a large, clean source of water and proper heating and UVB as these turtles require it.
These bioactive kits are done via tank size and base floor footprint size. Do you need a custom tank size? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Dude can get you a custom kit together.
Available in the following sizes:
NOTE: THERE IS NO AAA Spag Moss in this kit.
40 Breeder - Terra Sahara Bioactive kit, x1 Ca+ Bone, x 3 cork flats, x1 Opuntia Cacti, x 1 6" pot Aloe
75 gallon - Terra Sahara Bioactive kit, x1 Ca+ Bone, x 4 cork flats, x1 Opuntia Cacti, x1 6" pot Aloe
4' x 4' - x4 36 quart Terra Sahara, 144 quart Bioshot, x2 Leaf Litter, x2 Ca+ Bone, x5 cork flats, x 1 Opuntia Cacti, x 1 6" pot Aloe
6' x 4' - x6 36 quart Terra Sahara, 216 quart Bioshot, x2 Leaf Litter, x2 Ca+ Bone, x6 cork flats, x 1 Opuntia Cacti, x1 6" pot Aloe
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