outdoor enclosure

  1. M

    Right climate for Redfoot?

    I'd like to build an outdoor enclosure for my redfoot to give him some extra space and time outside. I live in Indiana so a pretty temperate climate. During the summers it can be hot and humid with a few days in the low 100s here and there, but usually highs between 80-90. The lows are usually...
  2. The_Four_Toed_Edward

    Tortoise started to eat substrate

    Since Monday this week I have been able to take Edward outside a few hours a day to soak up some natural sun. Since his semi-temporary outdoor enclosure is not ready yet, I have been keeping him in a cold frame that is staked on to our lawn. The temps in the cold frame have been ranging from 20C...
  3. Xyelem

    Advice on my outdoor enclosure setup

    Hi y’all, so I have a Russian tortoise (her name is Pepper) and I’m in the process of building her an outdoor enclosure. I have this weird little area off of my patio that’s about 12’x11’ that gets full sun until about 4pm. I want to do something covered because we sometimes see large birds like...
  4. The_Four_Toed_Edward

    Are these plants safe as shelter plants?

    Are these plants safe to put in my Russian tortoises enclosure, not as food but more for shelter purposes? Iwasn't able to find clear cut answer on their suitability. Meadowsweets/steeplebushes (Spiraea densiflora) Some sources state this plant contains tannins, methyl salicylate, and...
  5. texastort17

    How to treat outdoor enclosure wood?

    Hello all! I previously bought a rabbit hutch to put inside her outdoor enclosure and my tort loves to tuck herself in at night. The thing has lasted longer than I thought it would and worked really well. However, we got a ton of rain last year so after two years I’m now having to buy a new...
  6. R

    Chicago outdoor enclosure help

    Hi, my name is Rowan and I have a 12 year old male red foot name Torti! He’s been with me since we were both little and we’ve grown up together! I’m currently in the Chicago burbs and I’m looking to build an outdoor enclosure in my parents back yard! Usually Torti lives with me at college in a...
  7. The_Four_Toed_Edward

    UV index and tortoise outdoor enclousure

    Hey! I have been planning an outdoor enclousure to house my tortoise outdoors in the summer here in Finland. I have already been worried about the heat, but one thing I have also been thinking about lately is the low UV index here in Finland. UVI 3 can be reached from May to August on a sunny...
  8. sunny_27

    Outdoor cold frame

    Hi! I'm building an outdoor enclosure for my tortoise (Sunny Pistachio) this weekend. We are adopting him from a rescue and he should be home with us at the beginning of May. As we prepare his new outdoor home (we will also be building an indoor enclosure), I was wondering if this cold frame...
  9. sunny_27

    Questions about Russian Tortoise

    I'm so curious about this. I'm adopting a Russian Tortoise in a few weeks. We will be building him am outdoor enclosure but also wondered if we could let him out occasionally to roam about (with supervision). I've also seen people put little tracking devices on them. I thought that was a good...
  10. WaterBear

    Outdoor Sulcata Enclosure in N Florida

    Hi! After searching and reading, I'm hoping to get some specific advice. Any input would be greatly appreciated. My son has a 4 year old Sulcata that has gotten way too big for his indoor home. Now that it's warming up again, we want to get him settled outside. We are in north Florida, just...
  11. Wayfarin

    Turtles and frogs. Dangers and diseases?

    Hello, folks! As I've mentioned on other posts, we have a female red-eared slider (or "pond" slider) named Teresa. We've had her for over a decade. As is often the case with red-eared sliders, she has grown too big and too challenging to keep inside in an average-sized aquarium tank. I've been...
  12. R

    Outdoor Red Foot Enclosure in North Caralina

    Hi all! My wife and I will begin looking for someone to build us an outdoor enclosure for our 3 year old red foot. We live in Asheville, NC and it does get pretty dry/cold during the winter (30 degree temps with 30% humidity).. The plan is to restrict her to the indoor portion of her enclosure...
  13. A

    Outdoor garden safe for a small tortoise?

    Greetings Tortoise Forum! I am seeking advice about housing a Tunisian tortoise outdoors. I do not have one yet, I am simply in the enclosure planning stage. I live in a southern CA city on the coast that thankfully has a similar climate to Tunisia, so I think a Tunisian tortoise would do well...
  14. T

    2.5yo Started brumation on his own in outdoor enclosure...

    This will be our hermann's third winter and his first real attempt at brumation. He turned his nose up at most food over the past few weeks, except a few bites of dandelion greens here and there, including in the 2-3 days before he burrowed. He has now buried himself in his substrate (mostly...
  15. K

    Russian tortoise Bethesda MD

    I have a Russian Tortoise that is living in an outdoor inclosed cage and curious if he can continue living outdoor through the winter months? Would I need to provide him with a warming box inside the inclosure and if so, would I have to install a heat lamp in it or would a insulated warming box...
  16. texastort17

    My archenemies are back… ants—help please!

    Hello all. For reference, I’m in north texas where we haven’t had rain in quite some time. I have a few plants (which I kept in pots so I could take them inside during winter) within my tortoises cage. Long story short, I attempted to keep them alive with a solid soak, the abysmal heat were...
  17. Wayfarin

    Red-eared slider pond in northern New Hampshire?

    Hello again! As I've been discussing on this forum, we have a red-eared slider, Teresa, who has been a "house turtle" for years. Her husbandry conditions aren't the best, and keeping her conditions clean constantly is difficult due to this (her housing is too small). I've been discussing...
  18. kirbytherussian

    Burrowing under cinder blocks

    Hi all! My 3 y.o. Sulcata recently dug his first burrow. Proud mom moment! However, his current enclosure utilizes cinder blocks as the walls- I found its easy to adjust and make bigger for his blooming size, as well as the fact that I am currently not in my forever home- which when I do buy a...
  19. T

    Outdoor Red Footed Tortoise enclosure needs help!

    I am currently building an outdoor habitat for my 12” male red footed tortoise with fences on my backyard. I am curious if he could dig through the soil & mud & grass under the fence and escape? If he possibly could do it, what should I do to prevent him from escaping? Should I make at least 6”...
  20. Y

    Would an AC UNIT bother my tortoise?

    I am looking to build my 2.5 year old leopard tortoise an outside enclosure for pretty much permanent living (unless temps get extreme). He is going to be about 4 feet from my ac unit outside that goes on every now and then and is a loud humming. Could this possibly bother my tortoise? Also any...
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