OUTDOOR ENCLOSURE MATERIALS

huaban

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Good morning all,

I am thinking to build an outdoor enclosure for my 5" Aldabra, this guy is getting big. What kind of materials can be used for walls and easy to get (from Lowes and homedepot)? I know cedar is toxic for reptiles, what about pine? or PVC trim boards? I am planning to release the tort for daytime and bring it back to its indoor enclosure during nighttime. We do not have cat or dog, and any other animals except wild birds are visiting our backyard every day. We have security cameras monitoring our front/back yards, I have never seen raccoons or snakes nearby our house, but sometimes squirrels may come. Do I need to build a lid for the outdoor enclosure?
I will provide multiple hides and plants in the outdoor enclosure for the tort to get away from the hot sun, the irrigation system is available as well.

Any ideas or recommendations will be welcomed!!

Really appreciated!
 

Yvonne G

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I use the cheapest lumber I can buy for outdoors. . . douglas fir, pine, makes no difference. You don't want to use pine or cedar as bedding, but for outdoor fences it's quite ok.
 

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Be prepared lumber prices are out of control. Try Craigslist for leftovers or job extras. Now the pvc trim boards price out equal to wood boards
 

huaban

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8 x 6 ft outdoor enclosure
Not rush to release my Aldabra in there right now. Trying to test it for a few more days.
 

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ColumbiaJane

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I have used concrete blocks as fencing. May be less expensive than lumber…
Heavier than lumber, for sure…
 
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