Need heip im a new be for keeping my boy torq safe through winter

torq

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I have a 8ft by 12ft by 8 ft tall corrugated clear fiberglass green house the back walls have 3 inched of foam insulation on them.i live in northern AZ were It gets below freezing I'm wondering if I make a roof in side the green house at about 4 ft tall and insulation on top and ,some feed back from others in kinda the same climate areas can give me some feed back and ideas to keep my boy safe he's 87lbs and I truly care about him he giant horned leg or sulcata please .I'm all hears thank you
 

Alex and the Redfoot

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You will need some heating in his winter house (like oil radiant heater and Kane mat) to keep temperatures around 80F at night and warm him from above and from below. Perhaps building a smaller night box inside the greenhouse would work better than making a 4ft ceiling

Here is the thread, where heated night box is discussed with building instructions and proposed design: https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/single-tortoise-night-box.181515/ I think you can find some ideas there.
 

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I have a 8ft by 12ft by 8 ft tall corrugated clear fiberglass green house the back walls have 3 inched of foam insulation on them.i live in northern AZ were It gets below freezing I'm wondering if I make a roof in side the green house at about 4 ft tall and insulation on top and ,some feed back from others in kinda the same climate areas can give me some feed back and ideas to keep my boy safe he's 87lbs and I truly care about him he giant horned leg or sulcata please .I'm all hears thank you
The green house are you describe is too large to heat efficiently and also too cavernous to make your sulcata feel secure. 8x12 could be a good living space for winter for a smaller tortoise like a Testudo species that you didn't want to brumate or a leopard tortoise, but the heated night box for a sulcata should somewhat simulate a burrow for them. Ultimately, only your thermometer can tell you if a given strategy is going to work. The temperature down on the floor where the sulcata is resting needs to be 80 or above all year. You will burn a lot of power trying to keep the floor warm in an 8x12x4 foot space.

I set the thermostat to 80 degrees in spring and fall when the days are warm and sunny. I set it to 86 in winter when things get colder outside. I encourage them to burrow when summer temps are near 100 every day.

In addition to the thread linked by Alex, here is another one that works with a safe and efficient heating strategy:

Also, check this out for more care info:
 

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