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I've been getting prepared before attaining a new tortoise, and I thought I'd have everything figured out and set up before I get it. A while ago when I was cleaning my turtle's pool I left it to wander through the balcony, I turn to look back at it shortly only to realize it was being swarmed by a lot of ants. I quickly took the turtle rinsed it off and placed it in a bucket with water.

Normally, my turtle is safe from the ants, but I was thinking when I get a tortoise there is no water to protect it. The tortoise probably won't be a juvenile, but I still think the ants can overwhelm it (these little things can probably get anything down with their huge number). The only idea I've gotten so far that doesn't involve getting rid of the ants is to place the tortoise enclosure in a large kiddie pool which I'd fill with water. I still don't find this really efficient and it's frankly rather clumsy.

I really don't want to get rid of these ants but if it was the only way then I might sadly resort to that. I know about putting natural "repellents" like lime on my tortoise's shell but these are temporary and unreliable solutions. If getting rid of the ants is the only sure way then I'd like some methods which don't rely on any chemicals or insecticides.

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  • As an alternative to the kiddie pool approach, you could put the enclosure on a table with each table leg in a can of water. – augurar Sep 18 '14 at 16:53
  • @augurar that is a great idea, if you can accumulate more info and make it into an answer then that'd be spectacular. For now I'll be sure to try that out, thanks! – Mozein Sep 18 '14 at 16:57

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