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What is the best type of wire mesh for outdoor enclosure?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by Milinda, May 2, 2016.

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  1. Milinda

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    Hi there, well, it is finally getting warm, and little Frida is big enough that I feel comfortable putting her outside to live. I found a great spot, but I am unsure about the best type of wire to use to keep out the raccoons. I would like to create some type of top for my enclosure that has a hinge, but chicken wire seems so flimsy. Does anyone have suggestions for a good strong type of mesh or wire? Thank you!
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    I like 1/2" hardware cloth for a cover for my small tortoises or turtles. Comes in 3 or 4 foot wide rolls.
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    I'd also use hardware cloth and staple it onto a wooden framed lid.
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    I third the hardwire cloth as well.
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    Thank you very much for your reply. I will do that.
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    sorry this is a late reply we used stucco mesh(2 inch by 2 inch holes) to cover our 60 ft long by 12 ft wide tortoise outdoor pen.Its buried 8 inches down too and a little across to help prevent my digging species escaping (although I still have to keep a watch on where they dig) Russians:)
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    Also, don't leave any uneaten food inside. At least nothing a Raccoon might want. They can rip open the roof in your house if they want to.( I found out.)
    Making an enclosure raccoon resistant is one thing. Making it raccoon proof is another.
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    Couldn't have said it better
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