Can you attach a tarp to a chain link fence for an enclosure wall?

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Might be a stupid question, but instead of building a pen, could you securely attach a tarp or something similar to an existing chain link fence so that they wouldn’t be able to see out? This would be for a Sulcata.
 

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You mean to slow it down cause nothing will stop a tort from taste testing it . And thank you for fixing my miss spell that was missed by spell check !
 

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No. Not secure enough and it won't last or hold up. Its very easy to get plywood cut in to three four 16" tall, 8 foot strips and line the bottom of the fence with it. I put 2x4s on the back side and screw through the plywood and fence, into the 2x4. Cheap, easy and secure. Lasts a long time too.
 

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Tarp will work. Just put it on the back side if you think he will eat at it. It's probably the cheapest way. If it gets a lot of sun it will get sun rot though in about 2-3 years.
 

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My only concern is that we might be moving soon. Big emphasis on might, because it might not happen at all. Securing plywood to the fence might be hard to get back off and transport, while a tarp could just be taken off and folded. Would a thick, opaque tarp covering a sturdy fence really not hold up? What makes it different from plywood if it’s mainly just there to block their view?

Not trying to argue, just wondering ;)
 

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Sulcatas like to dig at there fence a little from time to time and if the tarp is on there side they would shred it and if it's on the other side they will rub themselfs on the wire if nothing else. Were as even thin ply wood will hold up to there rubbing on it
Just my thoughts I've never tried a tarp
 
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Sulcatas like to dig at there fence a little from time to time and if the tarp is on there side they would shred it and if it's on the other side they will rub themselfs on the wire if nothing else. Were as even thin ply wood will hold up to there rubbing on it
Just my thoughts I've never tried a tarp
I have a heavy duty tarp lining the walls of Vlad's indoor enclosure, and after less than a year there are wear marks just from his carapace brushing against it as he patrols the perimeter.
 

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I have a heavy duty tarp lining the walls of Vlad's indoor enclosure, and after less than a year there are wear marks just from his carapace brushing against it as he patrols the perimeter.

How did it hold up? Did it rip at all, and did it ever unattach from the wall?
 

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How did it hold up? Did it rip at all, and did it ever unattach from the wall?
He started digging in one corner and it's frayed. It hasn't torn yet, but I wouldn't consider it waterproof anymore. I have it screwed into the wall with washers at the grommets, so it's fairly secure, but the material of the tarp is no match for a tortoise walking the perimeter every day.

Here's a pic I have showing the area, it's not easy to see though

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Here's a closer shot of some of the wear when he tries to climb:

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And that line that runs parralel to the ground is where the edge of his carapace meets the tarp when he walks the perimiter
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Not the easiest to see.
 

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He started digging in one corner and it's frayed. It hasn't torn yet, but I wouldn't consider it waterproof anymore. I have it screwed into the wall with washers at the grommets, so it's fairly secure, but the material of the tarp is no match for a tortoise walking the perimeter every day.

Here's a pic I have showing the area, it's not easy to see though

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Here's a closer shot of some of the wear when he tries to climb:

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And that line that runs parralel to the ground is where the edge of his carapace meets the tarp when he walks the perimiter
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Not the easiest to see.

Alright, thanks! Very cool enclosure, by the way.

I think I’m going to use a heavy duty(6 millimeter thick or thicker) tarp temporarily until we are completely certain that we are or are not(which I hope is the case)moving, or until it becomes apparent that a tarp will not work. Curtis is still relatively small right now (8 inches), so I don’t think I’ll have a problem with him ruining it yet.
 

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Alright, thanks! Very cool enclosure, by the way.

I think I’m going to use a heavy duty(6 millimeter thick or thicker) tarp temporarily until we are completely certain that we are or are not(which I hope is the case)moving, or until it becomes apparent that a tarp will not work. Curtis is still relatively small right now (8 inches), so I don’t think I’ll have a problem with him ruining it yet.

That will probably work. Mine is 16 mil: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072592N11/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20
 

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I think it would be ok if you attach it to the outside of the fence.
 

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