Do tortoises need regular soaks?
To add to the answer to the above question, the provision of a shallow drinking bowl will allow the tortoise to get in and out of the water, however, regular soaks should be part of god husbandry. Soaking assists in keeping your tortoise hydrated, which in turn helps to keep the tortoise’s system flushed. In the wild tortoises from arid climates will dig long, deep burrows which they retire to during the heat of the day. In these burrows, the humidity may be much higher than outside in the sun. This “microclimate” provides the humidity which keeps the tortoise from dehydrating, thus helping to prevent problems that tortoises kept in captivity tor may develop, such as bladder stones. Whilst soaking, even if not drinking tortoises absorb water through the cloaca. To correctly soak your tortoise, the water should be lukewarm and no deeper than the point at which the base (plastron) joins top (carapace). You should soak for at least five to ten minutes each time and make sure the tortoise