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Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by mamameg, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Anyfoot

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    Terry, your indoor redfoot enclosure is in a humid room too. Correct?
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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    Yes @Anyfoot - but that has nothing to do with size... we're talking size here.. correct?
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    Redfoot NERD Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    He must have learned from "The Master" then @mamameg .. lol!
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  4. ZEROPILOT

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    My guys.
    Like I said, they live outdoors 24/7 and 12 months of the year

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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I'm planning a newer video soon.
    This one has some mileage on it.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Oh yes. We ARE.
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  7. mamameg

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    This has helped! She currently is in a 40 gallon and will be growing out of it in the next few months. While I'm constantly searching craigslist for 75-100 gallons, I'm also looking for a DIY design plan that I can easily add onto and keep in a central location in our house.

    I just want to be sure that she will have enough room to happily thrive while indoors. And again, while being practical, ideally visually appealing since could be in either the formal living room or dining room.
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    More than size.
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    mamameg Active Member

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    Wow! Does the PVC piping sprinkle along the top too or is it just used to fill the water dish? I like your setup.
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    They are now mini sprinkler heads so that I can make it rain. (Overhead pipes)
    The lower pipes ARE indeed to fill the pools and eliminate the need for a hose, etc.
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  11. mamameg

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    Very clever!
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    This is interesting to me about the size of yours after 6 - 8 years being 6 - 8 inches. I am wondering if they are from a different location originally than mine. Right now mine are 6 inches carapace length and they are 19 months old, that is, one year and 7 months. And I have not been "power" feeding them, just giving them what I have learned is a good redfoot diet. They spend about two thirds of their time outdoors in the days in what is still quite a spacious enclosure for their size, and indoors at night as it gets very cool here now - our Jamaican "winter." Any comments?
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    Born from laziness.
    And very inexpensive.
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    Sorry I just seen this today. But if you still wants some pics I can take them when I get home from work today
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    I do! Lol I'm in the process of designing a couple of enclosures for the future and any inspiration would be great
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    OK I'll post the pics later iam also making a brand new one for a leopard iam getting so I'll be sure to post a few of that aswell
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    I’ve had RFs for over 25 years and have noticed their growth rate was about 1-1/2 to 2 inches per year. They got to the “outside size” at about 4 years old. These were never power fed but always had graze hibiscus available. Humidity is a must and my watering device is a hose in one hand counterbalanced by a beer in the other. I hope at 25 years old my RFs are only at half or less of their lifespan.
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    @Redfool, we have similar humidity techniques, though I prefer to counterbalance with a wine glass...

    I don’t have lengthy experience keeping RFs, but my observations have been the same as @Redfoot NERD. My adult RF likes to walk the perimeter of any space (his enclosure, a room, my fenced yard, etc). No matter where I put him in the yard, he makes a beeline to the fence and then walks the perimeter. He’ll cruise along the edge until he remembers that he’s a tortoise (and not training for any long distance races) and burrows into a DIY hide for a nap. When he’s just tortoising around, he never ventures into the center of the yard. He only uses the middle of a room when he’s coming up to interact with us. So with my tort, linear feet of perimeter matter more than square footage in the middle. This behavior is particularly helpful for an indoor enclosure where floor space is at a premium. I have only ever had one RF, so I don’t know if this is a common behavior, or if my dinosaur is an anomaly.
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