Constructed a Sunning Pen, What Do You Think?

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Vegas_Leopard

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I recently (yesterday) constructed a sunning pen for my Leopard Tortoise babies and would like to get your guys output on the enclosure. The pen is about 7'x5' and I'm using 6"x8"x16" concrete fencing blocks and two slate flat rocks for a barrier. There's a built in sprinkler system time to go off in the morning and at night. The substrate is all natural organic topsoil and I've planted a seed mix I purchased from Tortoise Supply, I also have two Trade Wind Hibiscus plants.

Is there anything else I should try and added for this sunning pen for my Leopard Tortoises? They'll probably spend 1-3 hours a day in there.

The enclosure to the right of my sunning pen is a outdoor enclosure I house my Sulcata's in and the black concrete tub used to be a sunning pen, but is now a graze box.

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Those look awesome! Just make sure your tortoise has access to water and has a hide that provides shade!
 

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Thanks! :D There being well looked after, I still have to get a shade cloth to hang over the concrete pen.
 

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Looks good. However, does UVB go through shade cloth? If not, your defeating the purpose of a sunning pen. A couple hides would probably be better appreciated by your leopards. Also, be sure there is a water dish they can easily drink from.
 

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Thanks wellington! Some shade cloths just reduce the amount of UV, but now that you've brought the idea up. I may just place some upside down dish pans around the pen. Yeah, I'll definitely get a large terracotta saucer filled with water. Is there anything else I should think about adding?
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Looks good. However, does UVB go through shade cloth? If not, your defeating the purpose of a sunning pen. A couple hides would probably be better appreciated by your leopards. Also, be sure there is a water dish they can easily drink from.
 
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