Outdoor enclosure heating

Zack123

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So I recently built an outdoor enclosure for my three tortoises. And the only problem that occured to me was the heating.

Is there any alternatives to heating? As I live in somewhat cooler climate where the temperature reach around 12 - 13 degrees at night. Does something like hay, paper or blankets keep them warm enough? Or do I actually need something like a heating mat?

Also, anyone who also lives in somewhat cooler climates, how do you with their basking? It's not like the sun will shine everyday in the summer. (Maybe for a few minutes before being covered by clouds again)
 

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So I recently built an outdoor enclosure for my three tortoises. And the only problem that occured to me was the heating.

Is there any alternatives to heating? As I live in somewhat cooler climate where the temperature reach around 12 - 13 degrees at night. Does something like hay, paper or blankets keep them warm enough? Or do I actually need something like a heating mat?

Also, anyone who also lives in somewhat cooler climates, how do you with their basking? It's not like the sun will shine everyday in the summer. (Maybe for a few minutes before being covered by clouds again)
What species and size?
 

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We do need to know more like species, size, size of enclosure and pics would help a lot.
However, every tortoise does need heat. They do not produce their own heat so covering them with hay, leaves, etc would not warm them.
 
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