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Outside enclosure summer fun

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by jsheffield, Jul 7, 2019.

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Darwin's been enjoying this recent run of hot weather.

    His outside enclosure is 4x4, and he loves exploring and nibbling his way around.

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    His hibiscus plants have been producing flowers like crazy... he's been eating a couple every day.

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    Everyday before I put him out, I yank a few handfuls of green from a raised bed devoted to tortoise-friendly greens.

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    After exploring the enclosure he disappears... not into the little shelter I've setup, which scared me at first, as I thought he'd escaped.

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    He likes to tunnel under the fresh greens, eating his way in and then settling in for a nap under the warm and moist pile.

    I think he'll miss his summer field trips when the warm days come to an end.

    Jamie (and Darwin)
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    Hmmm - a tortoise pergola!
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    Looks like Darwin is in Tortoise paradise!
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    Some netting over Darwin's outside enclosure....


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    Eating hibiscus in the shade....


    Jamie
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    Sweet, enjoy as much as you can.
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    Does the shade also cover his Huey at the LZ?
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    I upgraded Darwin's outside enclosure from a single 4x4 space to two spaces: 4x6 for Darwin and 4x8 for Chili (the new Russian)

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    The shade netting extends over both enclosures, possibly favoring Darwin's a bit.

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    I gave Chili the bigger space because he seems to do more exploring than Darwin.

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    They're roughly the same size, but my plan is to keep them separate both indoors and outdoors, at least until I know them (and they know me) much better.

    Jamie
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    My Russian paces the perimeter of the outdoor space like he is patrol then off to eat or sleep. I wouldn’t try mixing them Russians are well - Russian. Stubborn, territorial, and ruffians. I would just add some plants and a top board around the edge to offer perimeter shade and extra escape protection
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    This iteration of the enclosure is highly mobile... in a week or two I'll more another 5x15 section of lawn and move the blocks and boards.

    I may move a potted hibiscus or rose of again into each section... some shade, something to explore, fresh food nearby.

    I agree they'll both do better if kept apart.

    Jamie
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    Smart like a chicken tractor!
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    I got home after a week's absence and the tortoises were happy to get outside, get sprayed, and get fed.

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    Darwin cleaned his plate in front of me while Chili is still nervous about eating in front of me.

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    They both seem to be enjoying the time outside, exploring their enclosures, nibbling greenery.

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    Don't know why chili's picture didn't load....

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    Silly tortoise trix are for kids
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