We have had tortoises in my family for 200 years and been breeding Hermann’s, Spur Thighed and Redfoots for the last 40 years so there isn’t much we don’t know about keeping tortoises.
This is our list of recommended gear to help you build a great enclosure, whether that’s indoors or outside.
Best Heating and Lighting for Tortoise Enclosures
Combined Heat and UV bulbs (Mercury Vapour lamps)
A ‘combi bulb’ is an essential piece of kit for your tortoise enclosure as it provides UV and heat in one bulb. These bulbs are made in different wattages to suit different sized habitats. For a small tortoise table, 100 or 125 watts may be sufficient, and for a larger space, table or greenhouse, the 160 watts models are needed. The 160 watt lamp is the most popular with owners for tortoise table environments.
Arcadia D3 UV Basking Lamp
An all-in-one reptile bulb, this Arcadia D3 UV Basking Lamp gives off a combination of heat, light and essential UVB for your tortoise. This will allow your tortoise to see, to thermo-regulate and to generate vitamin D3 to use the calcium in their diet, helping them to keep free of Metabolic Bone disease. Available in 100 and 160 watts.
These are mercury vapour bulbs, and are safe when kept intact around your tortoise. They are best hung vertically in your tortoise’s habitat to allow the convection currents to circulate normally within the bulb. Last for ages ( about 6,000 hours) and come with a one year guarantee. As with all Mercury Vapour bulbs, these cannot be used with thermostats, and should only be used in large enclosures, or open top tables.
Reliable and long lasting, this will help you have a happy, healthy tortoise.