Night box in the works

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Starting my night box for my Sulcatas Lieutenant Trouble and Little Foot. Still have some work and to go and some enclosure modifications. Thank you @Tom for all the input and specs. I’ll keep posting the progress.
 

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Is this one box for both? You do know that tortoises should not be kept in pairs right? Seperate enclosures seperate hides.
 

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Is this one box for both? You do know that tortoises should not be kept in pairs right? Seperate enclosures seperate hides.
They are young right now. Future state will be separated in the next 6 months. Planning to build another single box later after winter.
 

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Almost there. Should be done in a couple days.
 

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Almost there. Should be done in a couple days.
Did you insulate the floor too? I always find it interesting how other people build their boxes. I mean the order in which they do things like the walls, and the floor. I'm just self taught and my work is pretty amateurish, so I'm always trying to learn from how others do things.
 

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Haven’t installed the floor yet but it will be insulated, just did the framing. Then I have to build the top and install the internals. Oh and believe me, I have never built anything like this and have had many scratching my head moments. But I will say this thing is solid haha. I think more solid then my own house haha
 

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Haven’t installed the floor yet but it will be insulated, just did the framing. Then I have to build the top and install the internals. Oh and believe me, I have never built anything like this and have had many scratching my head moments. But I will say this thing is solid haha. I think more solid then my own house haha
I always tell people: You could park a car on top of one of my boxes!!!
 

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Heating elements arrived and almost done with the night box. Should be finished this weekend.
 

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@Tom i know you mentioned before that you don’t put substrate inside but I was thinking of adding some. Thinking of propping up the heat mat and putting it around. Any suggestions on what type?
 

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@Tom i know you mentioned before that you don’t put substrate inside but I was thinking of adding some. Thinking of propping up the heat mat and putting it around. Any suggestions on what type?
I wouldn't recommend that. Substrate is going to end up on the mat. Also, to use substrate it will have to be kept damp, and that will cause the untreated wood to rot. You can use Pond Shield to protect the wood from moisture, but as the sulcata gains size, it will likely destroy any coating you try to put on the wood with their weight and activity.

If you want substrate you should use a radiant oil heater instead of a heat mat/RHP combo.
 

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Sounds good. They will have a good size area outside to roam. I’ll send up dates through the weekend.
 
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