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Outdoor hobbit (Sully) hut

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by Maidens Hill Farm, Jan 18, 2019.

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  1. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I agree that you do not need UV for a tortoise that lives outside.

    Do keep those temps up. It is especially important that this tortoise stays warm right now with the stress of being moved to a new territory and all.

    Congrats and I hope you enjoy!
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    It’s like insurance. If you get a sick Sully and have to go to a vet and pay xxx dollars, you will see the 125.00 investment in a mat plus thermostat was worth it. Kind of like - you can pay me now, or pay me a lot later!

    Good luck
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    Makes total sense! I was kinda saying that 'its expensive' jokingly since we have spent so much already. Wouldn't change it though...the hut is staying super warm now.
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    @Yvonne G ... sorry if it wasn't you..but I swear I saw a response about whether or not I need to secure under the fence line...
    I'm having trouble navigating this page. Had you written something about that? or was I dreaming..haha
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    TOM.. we are enjoying him so much! So, when I went to see him this am... he was lifted up on the door, such that he kinda plopped out when I opened it. This is the cool spot in the house. It was reading 75. The other spots were 80 and 85. I gather he was hot? He also weirdly seems more 'alive' and active when I put him out in the chilly air for a quick walk this morning. (Im talking 5 minutes at 50 degrees in the sunshine) or hand feeding him on a tile floor. He strolled around his yard eating at peace. I didn't want him to get cold. He had a soak with steam again, for good measure. My question is... do they ever become accustomed to being at lower temps? I know the rescue was keeping him at 70..which we discussed in another thread (being suspect). anyway...in a nut shell...he doesn't seem to like the 80+ spots in the home. am I missing something
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    Congrats! That's an amazing build!
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    You guys have done a lot of work for your Sulcata, and I commend you for that. Having a construction background, and years of experience with turtles and tortoises, I am offering some advise. The insulation in the door and front wall is backwards, and should of been stapled to the studs. The paper backing acts as a vapor barrier and should be to the warm side. The whole enclosure, being heated needs a vapor barrier on the inside. Without it when the cold air and warn air meet it will create condensation, and that will all end up in the enclosure, creating a high humidity level. Not good for Sulcatas!! I also agree with someones comment about removing the plywood form the oil filled radiant heater, and installing an open metal cage around it, so the heat can radiate through it rather than going up. this way the tortoise can regulate it body temp. by moving closer, or staying away from the heater.
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    Ps. Haven’t made a humid hide yet either... in his house. Any suggestions for matrial for a 20” guy.

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    High humidity will not hurt a salcata as long as the temps are right. Salcatas are not desert torts.
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    Really sweet pictures! I hope you will post more of the final product! Cheers
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    Really sweet pictures! I hope you will post more photos of the final product! Cheers
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    Awww...these pics remind me of my Tank when he was a young lad. So cute! Just a suggestion, I have a wireless fish eye (360 degree) camera in Tank's building. I can check on him when it's cold/wet to make sure he is where he needs to be. Also, I have a thermometer with a display in the house to ensure the temp is where it needs to be. This gives me a LOT of peace of mind.
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    YlY have one handsome sulcata there! The work that you all did is phenomenal. What is your outdoor water source for him?
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    wow fantastic build!
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    LOL! That was supposed to be You not YIY!
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    You read my mind! I went on to ask about suggestions for spy works...I would like to see in his hut from the house. If you like yours...what brand is it/ price. also, I was going to look into apps that I can check the temps when Im not home. He wants to be out when its really too cod for him. Did your guy do this...do they self regulate (meaning, will he go in the house when he is cold?)
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