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    My tortoise won't move or eat!

    Well, it's been a few days and these truly are remarkable animals that are very in tune to their surroundings. Tortoises definitely have better memories than I would have thought. When she's put in her inside enclosure it's business as usual and goes right back to her schedule...
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    My tortoise won't move or eat!

    I took your advise and brought Shelly back in late this afternoon. Hard to believe she seemed to know where she was at and walked around as usual. It's around 8PM here and she went into her hide as usual for the night like she never left. Hopefully in the morning she'll be eating again and...
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    My tortoise won't move or eat!

    Hi Yvonne, I still have her inside enclosure running and can easily bring her in and put her back out progressively longer each day if that's what your experience tells you. Please advise, Phil
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    My tortoise won't move or eat!

    It's the third day and she hasn't left the hide. I physically took her out and put her by a food dish and she ate nothing but stayed out of the hide seeking shade by a bush in the corner of the enclosure. How long do you guy's think I should let her try to adapt before I move her back inside...
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    My tortoise won't move or eat!

    Hi All, After tossing ideas around for an outdoor enclosure I finally put one together and put Shelly out in the real world for the first time. The first day she walked around exploring her new 14' x 14' area and I put her in her hide for the night. The second day I opened it up and she came...
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    Outdoor Enclosure Fence Question

    I picked up a roll of fence to see how strong it would be with a coarse of block behind it. Sinking the pickets 6" in the ground with the backing of the blocks made it rock solid. Still wondering if Shelly will be OK being able to see out?
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    Outdoor Enclosure Fence Question

    Hi Tom, I took these pictures today and have cleared the burning bushes and planted grasses. It will be easy to use 2x2's to stake the fencing securely to the blocks so no worries there. In the pictures you can see the area and the inside where the fence would be secured to the last course of...
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    Outdoor Enclosure Fence Question

    Hi Guy's, I'm ready to move my 4 year old leopard outside to a 25' x 40' enclosure. The enclose is on a large raised bed of landscaping blocks with one 6" course left above grade. Shelly wouldn't be able to see above it and I was thinking because of it's irregular shape it would be easy if...
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    Outdoor Summer Night Box

    Unfortunately I already bought the Precision Pets dog house and I still like the looks of it. It won't work as is for a tortoise in my area even on some summer nights, It has a slatted floor with 1/2" openings every 1" and would be impossible to evenly heat. I started to convert it to be a...
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    Outdoor Summer Night Box

    Hi Guy's, It's time for Shelly to enjoy the summer months outside. I'm going to use the shell of a precision pets dog house and use additional foam to insulate and cover with plywood on the inside. It's 45" L x 26" W x 27" H and should be easy to add a hinge door for night time. My...
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    outdoor enclosure safety

    Here's a picture of Shelly in my yard: Here's the yard, the enclosure will be directly below this deck rail. There's lots of wildlife out there. Here's the area I'm putting the enclosure. I finished clearing it last fall and planted some fountain grass for cover and shade. Phil
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    outdoor enclosure safety

    It's not practical to cover the 25' x 40' area where the enclosure will be. I appreciate all the advice but maybe I should reword the question. Has anyone had any problems with letting leopards roam in an uncovered outdoor enclosure with predatory birds or animals? Thanks in advance, Phil
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    outdoor enclosure safety

    Do you guy's have anything covering your outdoor enclosures? I'm near Crystal Lake 60014 about 50 miles N/W of Chicago. My Leopard is 4 years old, weighs a little over 10 lbs and has a shell length of 13". The area of the enclosure is 25' x 40'. I put a game camera in that area to see...
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    outdoor enclosure safety

    Hi All, I'm starting the final planning of my summer outdoor enclosure. I have an area in mind that's elevated from the ground and the back of it will be against the house with half of it covered by my deck. Half south exposure full sun and half covered shade. I'm building an insulated...
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    UV BULB QUESTION

    Thanks for the insight Yvonne. I'm thinking the best thing UV wise for my Leopard is the real deal and I have area for a decent size 25' x 40' outdoor enclosure. Living in the Chicago area will limit the months I can keep her outside and I'm still concerned about all the predators around here...
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    UV BULB QUESTION

    Hi All, I've been using Zoo Med PowerSun 100 watt UV bulbs and buying them for $49 on Amazon. A Sun Glow was an Amazon sponsored replacement and was only $29 so I ordered it instead. The bulb doesn't have a frosted lens and cast a different shade of light than the Zoo Med. I looked at the...
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    Outdoor questions

    Hey Tom, I've seen threads on your builds and they look straight forward and solid. Couple questions. Do you lock them inside the night box every night as the name implies? Second, do you let any light in the box or do they like total darkness? Phil
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    Outdoor questions

    Thanks for the voice of reason responses. I'll post a picture of her outdoor oasis when it's completed. Phil
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    Outdoor questions

    I'm going to take that advice and build the 40' x 22' enclosed area she can call her own next year for the entire summer. Dropping her for a couple hours a few days a week for real sunlight into the dog run pen that she can see through wasn't the best idea. And I agree "Torting ain't easy" but...
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    Outdoor questions

    Hi Yvonne, She's eventually going to live outside full time, right? Unfortunately no, I live 50 miles NW of Chicago. I have an area staked out for a summer habitat next year that faces south and is 40' long by 22' wide with my deck covering 10' of the rear of it. I attached a couple pics of...
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