Building an Enclosure for a Baby Redfoot

Anyfoot

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Thank you! I do need to modify the upper ramp. He had trouble climbing up because it's a bit too slick with the wood sealant, even with the sand in it. So I'll probably glue some rubber strips to it or something.The temps are rising from the low 80s at the moment. I think it's taking a bit of time for the substrate to fully warm up. Otherwise, he's a bit nervous but is tromping around and exploring. He already found some hiding spots he likes.

Here are a few more shots of the two basking areas, equipment, and a super secret undercover tortoise.

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On my ramps I just stapled sandpaper to the ramps. Excellent traction, and also good for the nails. Just replace when it wears away. Just a thought.
Now here's the devious side of my mind. I considered building a ramp(indoors)to nowhere, well to the wall, Out of slate and just on the verge of being to steep for my adults to climb. Then put s strawberry at the top. I was going to name it "the clawinator". Exercise and nail(claw) trimmer in one. My missis said it was too cruel. :D:D:D
 

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On my ramps I just stapled sandpaper to the ramps. Excellent traction, and also good for the nails. Just replace when it wears away. Just a thought.
Now here's the devious side of my mind. I considered building a ramp(indoors)to nowhere, well to the wall, Out of slate and just on the verge of being to steep for my adults to climb. Then put s strawberry at the top. I was going to name it "the clawinator". Exercise and nail(claw) trimmer in one. My missis said it was too cruel. :D:D:D

Troggy's ramp is just on the verge of being too steep. We just watched his tenuous climb back to the 2nd level and felt a little bad about it. He also hasn't gone to the first level on his own--probably because it's so steep. It's like a sandpaper sliding board.
 

Michelle D

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Troggy's ramp is just on the verge of being too steep. We just watched his tenuous climb back to the 2nd level and felt a little bad about it. He also hasn't gone to the first level on his own--probably because it's so steep. It's like a sandpaper sliding board.
Thank you! I do need to modify the upper ramp. He had trouble climbing up because it's a bit too slick with the wood sealant, even with the sand in it. So I'll probably glue some rubber strips to it or something.The temps are rising from the low 80s at the moment. I think it's taking a bit of time for the substrate to fully warm up. Otherwise, he's a bit nervous but is tromping around and exploring. He already found some hiding spots he likes.

Here are a few more shots of the two basking areas, equipment, and a super secret undercover tortoise.

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That happened to our top ramp as well. During the building of it we tested it out with Spike and it looked too difficult for her so we had to modify.
Can you tell me what substrate you used? And also where did you purchase the temp/humidity gauge? Did you notice if the foam on top and bottom are helping? Did you think the rock walls in the earlier build helped temp retention at all? I haven't added any foam yet. Did you buy the foam at a hardware store? Also what kind of floresent stip lighting do you have? Do they provide heat or mainly light for plants?
 

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That happened to our top ramp as well. During the building of it we tested it out with Spike and it looked too difficult for her so we had to modify.
Can you tell me what substrate you used? And also where did you purchase the temp/humidity gauge? Did you notice if the foam on top and bottom are helping? Did you think the rock walls in the earlier build helped temp retention at all? I haven't added any foam yet. Did you buy the foam at a hardware store? Also what kind of floresent stip lighting do you have? Do they provide heat or mainly light for plants?

The substrate is coco coir with sphagnum moss on top.

The gauge is from Home Depot, cost $10 or so.

The foam insulation seems to be working well. We haven't had any problems maintaining heat or humidity at all. I don't know if the rock walls helped much. I think foam on the top and bottom is better.

Foam came in a pack from the hardware store. Just regular insulating rigid foam.

The lights are T8 and T12 shop lights with aquarium/plant bulbs in them. They don't produce much heat at all, they're mostly for the plants and so we can see better.

Good luck with your build!
 

Michelle D

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The substrate is coco coir with sphagnum moss on top.

The gauge is from Home Depot, cost $10 or so.

The foam insulation seems to be working well. We haven't had any problems maintaining heat or humidity at all. I don't know if the rock walls helped much. I think foam on the top and bottom is better.

Foam came in a pack from the hardware store. Just regular insulating rigid foam.

The lights are T8 and T12 shop lights with aquarium/plant bulbs in them. They don't produce much heat at all, they're mostly for the plants and so we can see better.

Good luck with your build!
THANKS! You've been so helpful!! Your build is beautiful! You are gifted!
 

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I've read somewhere that it's best if the tortoise cannot see the outside through any clear material because they will try to go through it and it will stress them out. Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.
  • No need to fog or cover the glass. That is an old myth, and it indicates you've been reading the old wrong info. This is part of Tom (The Dog Trainer)'s response to a previous like inquiry.
 
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