Outdoor living space for Herbie.

AgataP

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Spring is here and I absolutely love seeing Herbie outside enjoying his tortoise travels and eating his treats while enjoying the sun.

Since he is way to small to let him be in the grass I have decided to build an outdoor box where he can be safe, have some roaming space and has no way to dig himself out.

I built it from plywood (no worries it will only last through this summer so I am not worried about it getting destroyed).
It is 6 x 2 x 2.

I attached two mover dollies to it so I am able to hide it if it rains like crazy or if I need to move it in more shade or sun.

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The top will have part covered with plywood plus a hide out spot, the rest will be a frame with galvanized hardware cloth.
This is for him to be outside for few hours not to live in it.
Guess for really hot nights I could make it into a closed chamber with Che as I do have plexiglass that will fit over it.... will see.
Anyways this is what we have for today.
Will update when I add other things.
Waiting on coco coir blocks to expand 🤣😂

I will keep it cover when he is not there as I don’t want any other creatures visiting 🤣😂

Any suggestions, ideas are welcome.


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Spring is here and I absolutely love seeing Herbie outside enjoying his tortoise travels and eating his treats while enjoying the sun.

Since he is way to small to let him be in the grass I have decided to build an outdoor box where he can be safe, have some roaming space and has no way to dig himself out.

I built it from plywood (no worries it will only last through this summer so I am not worried about it getting destroyed).
It is 6 x 2 x 2.

I attached two mover dollies to it so I am able to hide it if it rains like crazy or if I need to move it in more shade or sun.

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The top will have part covered with plywood plus a hide out spot, the rest will be a frame with galvanized hardware cloth.
This is for him to be outside for few hours not to live in it.
Guess for really hot nights I could make it into a closed chamber with Che as I do have plexiglass that will fit over it.... will see.
Anyways this is what we have for today.
Will update when I add other things.
Waiting on coco coir blocks to expand 🤣😂

I will keep it cover when he is not there as I don’t want any other creatures visiting 🤣😂

Any suggestions, ideas are welcome.


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You might want to submit that photo of Herbie for most enthusiastic eater of the month!!
 

AgataP

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You might want to submit that photo of Herbie for most enthusiastic eater of the month!!

I love that photo so much.
This is his second snack of the day after an actual good breakfast. I gave him leftovers Romain and he was so excited 🤣😂
 

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That will work well to keep him safe and contained. :)

You might find that with sides that tall that only the mid day sun will reach the bottom in there.
 

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That will work well to keep him safe and contained. :)

You might find that with sides that tall that only the mid day sun will reach the bottom in there.

Was thinking about it and figured I add more substrate. Possibly cut some out. Will set a time laps and see how sun travels around it I guess.
I am gonna put a thermometer and check how temps are changing too.
Figured that sides will be drying relatively fast so I can load the substrate pretty high.
Should be fine for the 4-5 months time, right ?
I have a covered space to move it as well in case of heavy rains so it doesn’t change into a swamp.

@Tom do you think I should drill drain holes?
 

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Was thinking about it and figured I add more substrate. Possibly cut some out. Will set a time laps and see how sun travels around it I guess.
I am gonna put a thermometer and check how temps are changing too.
Figured that sides will be drying relatively fast so I can load the substrate pretty high.
Should be fine for the 4-5 months time, right ?
I have a covered space to move it as well in case of heavy rains so it doesn’t change into a swamp.

@Tom do you think I should drill drain holes?
I'd prefer something bigger and on the ground, but yes, that will work for a few months. I don't think you need to drill drainage holes if you will be rolling it undercover during rain.
 

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He seems to be content. Still working on it. But he is eating and walking around. Nothing like a wine box for a hide out 😂
His next enclosure is gonna be waaaay bigger.
He is still a kid so jus for hanging out while we having some wine and to be sure he is safe.
This way dogs can’t get to him either.
 
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