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Photos of Our Outdoor Russian Tortoise Enclosure and Garden

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by Oxalis, May 10, 2014.

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    Steve’s little outdoor universe is truly enviable! Absolutely LOVE the way you did his garden!
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    How big do they have to be to be kept outside for a few hours. I have a Russian about 5 “. We take him out twice a day to roam but have to watch him. I’m in process of building an outdoor area. Any thoughts
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    Oxalis Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Many thanks!! Steve will never run out of snacks. ^_^
    Steve was already an adult when I took him in from a friend, so I never had any experience caring for him as a baby. My instincts tell me that Russians are probably fine to get some outside time once their shell is completely fused, provided they get lots of soaking time so they can stay hydrated. I would also keep an eye on him if he's not in a confined enclosure like Steve. I could be wrong though, so I'll provide you with a better resource: Tom is a real expert on this and his night box thread should prove helpful to you: https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/my-best-night-box-design-yet.66867/

    More photos of my native hibiscus; I love them!

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    So we are having an outdoor enclosure built5,x10’. Can I fill it with top soil and some of his reptile bark? I am gong to plant his food in there as well so he can eat as he likes but wasn’t sure if I could use potting soil for that. Any tips.
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    If the enclosure is outdoors, plain dirt is probably fine; no need for the reptile bark. Make sure that you purchase the type of dirt without fertilizer, chemicals, or perlite in it as this can be dangerous for tortoises. The important thing for Russians is to make sure the enclosure walls go down underground a good 6 inches or so, or to otherwise secure the underground area so your tortoise cannot burrow out of the enclosure from under the walls.

    I have some river rocks and bricks—as Russians like to climb and to provide some "enrichment"—as well as some pavers to provide a warm basking spot. I would also provide some spaces for your tortoise to get enough shade. I have a cinder block, a terra cotta pot, and a little house I built with 2' x 4's. Steve also likes to hide under his Spirea/Meadowsweet bush, which a very easy shrub to grow and tolerates pruning.
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    That is a nice spot. How old and how big is your guy?
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    Clarence new summer house!!!
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    Try the plaintain weed. My Russian eats to the nubs in a week so I have to replace it
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    Where do You buy that?
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    Sorry I always mispell- Plantain Weed and check alleys and yards that aren't sprayed. mine goes wild in the alley[​IMG]
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    Is it normal for these guys to try to climb out of the outdoor enclosure. My walls are 12” high. He’s not getting out but he spends his time trying. I told him he has to access the yard through a legal port of entry but he won’t listen!!!
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    Russians are hard wired to patrol the perimeter and test the defenses for REAL! Any weakness and it will be found!
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    Ok. I’m going to secure the border quick. Would love to be able to leave him unsupervised for a little bit.
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    I added a repurposed aluminum fence panel with chicken wire for a cover. Works for all day even over a week if I vaction. I have a mason jar waterer (chickens) and have several edible plants. The yard sprinkler hits it once a day for 30 minutes

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    He really thinks he is going to get over that wall!! Definitely not quitter
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    Okay mr overachiever I just noticed the detail work- every corner rounded and every surface sanded!
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