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Sulcatas next enclosure after baby?Help!

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Yeetster, Oct 4, 2018.

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  1. Yeetster

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    I was wondering what would be the next enclosure to go with that is still closed chamber but is bigger than a 48 by 24. I looked at animal plastics but it looks really expensive and not that big? This enclosure will only house my 1 Sulcata who is almost 100 grams but he will probably have to be in it from now to April-May.
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    I use a 100 gallon Rubbermaid water trough that I got a tractor supply company going to keep her there through winter. Daisy is over 200 grams and she is fine. The other pictures are of her temporary outdoor enclosure that we use when we are out in the yard. We live is South Louisiana so winters aren’t harsh. Except last year we got 4 inches of snow in west Baton Rouge,which was awesome. If she grow bigger faster, my sister has the exact same trough she said I could have so I will cut a hole and connect the with PVC pipe. We have had winters here and Christmas time wearing shorts and sweating in the upper 80’s with high humidity. So she is out whenever we aren’t working. I work in an office so when I’m off—- I’m outside... we are building and moving from subdivision to 2.4 acres in a couple of years so I can’t build anything permanent. IMG_3013.jpg IMG_2997.jpg IMG_2995.jpg

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    We get 1-2 feet of snow in a snowstorm in Central West Virginia so I must keep mine inside during winter lol. But thanks for the idea
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    Also I heard animal plastics takes forever but would this be a good choice if I did get one from them?
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    Your Christmas tree tote enclosure and the animal plastics enclosure you linked are similarly sized. It wouldn't be much of an upgrade. A 6-8 x 3-4 ft enclosure on the other hand, would.

    For a juvenile Sulcata an 8 x 4 ft enclosure is generally recommended. An 8 x 4 ft enclosure would be big enough to house them for another 2 years or until they're large enough (8-10+ inches) to be permanently housed outdoors without any worries of them being carried off by any flying predators.
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    The next step is a 4x8'. AP makes one but its about $1000. If you can't swing that, then go for the 8x3' one for $675. Or the T65 for $525.
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    Okay I was just gonna get that animal plastic one because it looked good and is a bit bigger I didn’t want another Christmas tote sitting around it doesn’t look the most pleasing lol. I have to move my smaller sulcata into the tree tote that is why I was getting another upgrade
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    I have the money to afford the 8x3 but the problem is I am only 17 and if my mom saw that I spent my work money on that and didn’t save it she would probably kill me.
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    Would your mom prefer that you didn't take responsible care of your animal?

    When we take ownership of an animal, we are financially responsible for giving it everything it needs, including the correct living quarters. Spending your money on that should be seen as a good thing, not wasteful spending on unnecessary stuff. Your not buying some new fad toy. Your taking proper care of the live animal you are responsible for. As a parent, I'd be proud that my child spent their money on something like that verses a new phone, game console, tattoos, expensive clothes, etc...

    The other side of this coin, the lesson for some people to pay attention to is: If money is tight, don't take on an animal that will cost hundreds or thousands to house and care for.
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    It’s not that money is tight but I’m going to talk to her about. Thank you
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    Let us know how it goes. I'd be happy if my daughter bought a new cage for her tortoise instead of a fancy expensive purse or something frivolous like that.

    Good luck!
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