||Asia (Russia, Ukraine
and parts of China)
A temperature gradient
of 70 degrees F to 80 degrees F is recommended for Russian
Tortoises. At night the temperature gradient should
fall up to 5 degrees. During the day they will also need a
warm basking area. As with all reptiles heat rocks are not
the best idea for warm in the habitat as they can easily result
in burns to your turtle.
As with all turtles UVA and UVB light are an integral part
of proper bone and shell development. Consequently, Russian
Tortoises should receive 10 to 12 hours per day of direct
in the wild Russian Tortoises generally live in relatively
dry conditions. You should attempt to mimick this in their
captive habitat. Any sort of dry substrate such as newsprint
or outdoor carpet will be adequate.