I didn't say this. Where are you quoting this from?You said this..."Our winters are long and cold with a lot of snow. I don't think an outdoor heated shed would work for our long snowy winters"
No, not making excuses, there really is no need to build a $2,000, 8' tall shed for your tortoises. Heat rises, so it is much more efficient to build a 2'-6" (30") high heated shed for your tortoises. Also, my shed is not an over winter, tortoise shed, just a heated night box to get them through cold Spring and Fall nights. My tortoises over winter indoors....This shed cost $2000 to redo for tortoises. The ambient temp inside stays at 85 degrees when it's frozen and snowy out, no matter how cold it is outside.
You don't want to build a shed like mine, so you make excuses.
I can tell you the same.But I can tell, because no animal has died yet
The night box is not intended to be a tortoise gym, just a place to feel secure and warm overnight. I monitor my tortoises daily. If they leave the heated night box daily to graze and return to it each night, I keep them outdoors. Once they start to remain in the heated night box for multiple days in the Fall, I bring them inside.Also, tortoises need exercise to aid in digestion. I don't see that in a small night box.