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I tried making few adjustments and some fidgeting but the UVB bulb never worked. So I finally decided that I would set up an outdoor screen enclosure for him. The mesh will be just big enough to prevent rodents and cats from getting through. Along with that plan comes more questions.

1. How long can I let my tortoise outside? Aiming for 3 to 5 times a week.
2. Is it ok that the humidity outside just ranges from 50 to 60?
3. I should aim for the same temp of 80 to 90F, right?
4. Does he have to be under direct sunlight?
5. Is it ok to soak him while being under the sun?
You don't need indoor UV if your torotise is getting sunshine several times a week.

Your questions:
1. My general rule is one hour of access to sunshine per inch of tortoise. You can do this daily if you want, or twice a week is fine too.
2. That won't hurt anything as long as you soak after sunning, and keep the indoor housing humid. Humidity is often single digit here. Less than 16% most of the time.
3. Outside temps of high 70s to low 90s are good. They won't bask much when temps are higher, but that is okay.
4. No. There should always be shade available and places to hide. Don't worry about how much time the tortoise chooses to actually be in direct sun.
5. Yes, BUT do it very carefully. Monitor the water temp closely, and do it in such a way that as the sun moves, more and more shade overtakes the soaking tub. You should have to keep moving the tub more into the sun every few minutes. This way, if something happens to take your attention away from the tortoise, it won't end up in full sun and cook. It will instead end up in full shade and be fine.
 

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You don't need indoor UV if your torotise is getting sunshine several times a week.

Your questions:
1. My general rule is one hour of access to sunshine per inch of tortoise. You can do this daily if you want, or twice a week is fine too.
2. That won't hurt anything as long as you soak after sunning, and keep the indoor housing humid. Humidity is often single digit here. Less than 16% most of the time.
3. Outside temps of high 70s to low 90s are good. They won't bask much when temps are higher, but that is okay.
4. No. There should always be shade available and places to hide. Don't worry about how much time the tortoise chooses to actually be in direct sun.
5. Yes, BUT do it very carefully. Monitor the water temp closely, and do it in such a way that as the sun moves, more and more shade overtakes the soaking tub. You should have to keep moving the tub more into the sun every few minutes. This way, if something happens to take your attention away from the tortoise, it won't end up in full sun and cook. It will instead end up in full shade and be fine.
That's a lot of good advice you gave here Tom! Thank you. I'll make sure to follow all these tips.

Will post photos here once the outdoor enclosure is done. Thanks again!
 

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So this is where I set up his outside pen. I made sure that the soil was damp before placing him there. We have no other animals that could snatch the tortoise from the top. In that aspect, I think he's pretty safe. I'm currently observing him for almost 30 mins now and noticed that he would go back and forth from the shaded area. As of now, the only thing that provides a shade is the trunk, But Im also planning to add hostas and hibiscus inside the pen. Is this setup enough for him? I only intend to put him here for 1 to 2 hrs a day. Thank you.
 

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So this is where I set up his outside pen. I made sure that the soil was damp before placing him there. We have no other animals that could snatch the tortoise from the top. In that aspect, I think he's pretty safe. I'm currently observing him for almost 30 mins now and noticed that he would go back and forth from the shaded area. As of now, the only thing that provides a shade is the trunk, But Im also planning to add hostas and hibiscus inside the pen. Is this setup enough for him? I only intend to put him here for 1 to 2 hrs a day. Thank you.
Maybe it's just me, but it looks like your tort could figure out how to get thru that fence or caught up in it in about 20 seconds if it wants. You should have boards inside the perimeter so he can't see the rest of the world & can't get himself into trouble with the fence & tall enough so he can't climb the board.
 

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doesnt look very secure to me, potential for a tort to wedge itself under it.
 

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Thank you! I'll put something at the bottom then to prevent that from happening. I'm thinking of securing the fence with pegs or stakes, and adding big rocks or soil mounds around to obstruct outside view.

On a different note, here is the situation in the inside enclosure. It being summer here, Ambient Temperature ranges from 85 to 105 everyday. I would have to turn off all lights (ambient and basking) just so I could reduce the temp to more or less 90. Would it be OK to do away with basking light? The truth is I never see him stay under the basking light anyway. Although I already reduced it's intensity to maintain 100F basking spot, I think it contributes a lot to that high ambient temp.
 
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