Digging tortoise

by DuWayne

Ok, I have a russian tortoise, and he will NOT stop clawing at the walls of his enclosure. I have a sulcata that I've had for 10 years that digs a lot, but he doesn't claw at the walls.

The russian just goes into a corner, and claws, literally, for 10-12 hours a day. When I feed him, he eats, and when I take him outside or whatever, he moves around and basks in the sun, but in his enclosure indoors, it's the same thing from morning til night.

Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump. It's like chinese water torture listening to this all day (I work from home and have an office downstairs)

His enclosure is pretty big, it's an opaque white plastic container, with the normal substrate (shredded newspaper, sometimes grass or repti-sand) He's got a water bowl which he'll occasionally bathe (and go to the bathroom) in. he's got a hidey box on one end, away from his heat lamp, and a food bowl near the middle.

I've heard that clear plastic or glass walls can stress a tortoise, because they see through, and think they can get to what they can see, and will attempt to claw through, but his enclosure is not see-through.

Any solutions?

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May 20, 2014
by: Phil

I had my russian tortiose in a white opaque container. He would just go crazy. I got a black one and he calmed down a lot. I admit he still digs around but less crazy like. If they're in clear glass I hear it's even worse. Mostly though they will always dig try to take him out and watch him for 5 mins and put him back that helps to.

Oct 03, 2010
by: Chris Freeman

My Russian does the same thing. I let mine out. She'll find a dark corner and try to burrow into it until she falls asleep. The cons to this are cleaning up pee off the floor and occasionally (temporarily) losing the turtle. Another solution is to keep a rag in the tank that the turtle can burrow under. This doesn't mean they'll stay away from the walls, but sometimes just throwing the rag over them will shut them up.

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