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How to move large sulcata

Phyllis wilkins

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Nevada
Hi y'all! I am a small woman with a 50lb sulcata. He has a large grassy yard and an awesome house with heat & AC and door that closes automatically after dark. However, this time of year he starts to think sleeping outside would be a great idea. Of course, this is not a safe option and I have to carry him to bed. He is HEAVY!! Anyone got any tricks to moving one of these big guys? ...or convincing them to sleep in their house?
 

MPappagallo

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Jun 8, 2019
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Myrtle Beach, SC
Here are the pics of his house/shed. This is what happens when a biologist marries an engineer! He made the automatic door out of an old drill and 2 battery chargers! It is awesome! We have it hooked up to a timer that automatically adjusts with the sunrise/sunset. There is a people door and a tort door with plastic to try and keep the temp regulated.
I monitor the temperature...with the heat in South Carolina right now I am turning the AC on in the late afternoon to cool the house for bed time. I get it to about 70F. Does anyone have any suggestions for adjustments?
The heat mat, radiator and lamps are all for winter...not on now, of course.
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Such an awesome setup! Can I borrow your hubby? LOL What part of SC are y'all in? I am in Myrtle Beach....
 

lizznet15

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el paso, Tx
Here are the pics of his house/shed. This is what happens when a biologist marries an engineer! He made the automatic door out of an old drill and 2 battery chargers! It is awesome! We have it hooked up to a timer that automatically adjusts with the sunrise/sunset. There is a people door and a tort door with plastic to try and keep the temp regulated.
I monitor the temperature...with the heat in South Carolina right now I am turning the AC on in the late afternoon to cool the house for bed time. I get it to about 70F. Does anyone have any suggestions for adjustments?
The heat mat, radiator and lamps are all for winter...not on now, of course.
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So awesome
 

Hoka's Mom

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Dec 17, 2018
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Ann Arbor
Hi y'all! I am a small woman with a 50lb sulcata. He has a large grassy yard and an awesome house with heat & AC and door that closes automatically after dark. However, this time of year he starts to think sleeping outside would be a great idea. Of course, this is not a safe option and I have to carry him to bed. He is HEAVY!! Anyone got any tricks to moving one of these big guys? ...or convincing them to sleep in their house?
I'd try a sled...I know you are in N Carolina but Amazon would deliver. It would be safer than tipping him in and out of something and you would just scoot it under him.
Good Luck!
 

Cindyberm

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Aug 21, 2018
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La Center, WA
My Zippy, at 23 lbs (4 yrs) is still small enough that I can carry him in a cloth firewood carry bag.
 

2wgasa

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May 23, 2017
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Carlsbad, CA
I’m a big guy so I’ve always just carried them but I resently got a Rubbermaid wheelbarrow cart it has a flat nose so it’s relatively easy to tip it forward slide them in and then tip it back up and wheel them to bed. My wife loves it!
The "technique" is shown at 8:38 at
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The cart itself weighs 50 pounds. My wife bought it for me because I am an old with no muscles. BTW, make sure to check outer wheel width and your ingress/egress...mine fits though my gates with very little clearance.

I've only used it a few times for Bomber. Once my wife had to help me get him down from second story deck using the cart. We have since blocked the steps.
 

C. Nelson

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Nov 25, 2016
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Grand Junction, CO
I have seen furniture movers work well with a 41 pound sulcata. It's in a rectangular frame and has carpet around the wood. It is about 4" high on wheels.
 

Turtulas-Len

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Southern Md - Northern Neck Va
If I want my large sulcata to go to a certain spot I use a regular white paper plate, He will follow me anywhere when he sees me holding one. It's worth a try at least you may not have to carry him to his house every night. I've had him 23 years and he has me trained well, but I sorta have him figured out also.
 

lizznet15

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Apr 3, 2019
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Location (City and/or State)
el paso, Tx
If I want my large sulcata to go to a certain spot I use a regular white paper plate, He will follow me anywhere when he sees me holding one. It's worth a try at least you may not have to carry him to his house every night. I've had him 23 years and he has me trained well, but I sorta have him figured out also.
That is so awesome. I know Goldie follows me around when I feed him, because he want to be hand fed before he eats the rest if his food.
So it makes since your would follow a paper plate, lol.
 

Gtort.com

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Mar 25, 2015
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Las Vegas
I love the doorway! as long as the lights are very secure they look fine.. my Franklin is 5. not sure of his wieght at the moment.. but will soon get a barrow to take him around.. if neaded. I do have to make him a new winter house this fall! he has totally growning out of the one I built him..
 
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