It is important that Basil's accommodation is large enough to allow her to get plenty of exercise. She also needs adequate light, especially UVB, in order to synthesize vitamin D3. Because red foot tortoises originally come from the rain forests of Argentina and Brazil, Basil's accommodation must be both warm and humid in order for her to remain healthy. Finally, because rain forests have dense vegetation, it is important that she have shady areas in order to feel safe and comfortable.

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