Redfoot inside for winter

siigri

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Location (City and/or State)
Turku
We got our first redfoot last spring. Fortunately we can provide a outdoor home for him in the summer but now the winter seems to be a little problem.
He has a nice DIY home, big and open from the top but he has a strong will about his freedom of walking. He has found every way to escape and roam the house. Now the question is that, is it okey to keep he’s way from his home open so he can explore (now limited to one room) or what?
We have a two storey apartment and nobody really is downstairs during the day so we thought this would be ok.
I know the risk of diseases but still... we don’t have any dangerous places or anything he could get stuck on.
Opinions?
 

ZEROPILOT

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Platinum Tortoise Club
Location (City and/or State)
South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
IF that is the absolute only way you can keep him...
Sweep or vacuum the floor very well. Block off a certain area of the room.
Make sure it's just a bare area and that there will be no traffic of people or pets.
Also, U.V. will be needed for a few hours a week. You can use a strip florescent UV lamp for this.
As for warmth AND humidity....These will have to also be figured out.
Do not ever let a tortoise roam the house. There's just too many things that can go wrong. But having a safe, dedicated area of the home can work.
 

daniellenc

Well-Known Member
Location (City and/or State)
Maryland
We got our first redfoot last spring. Fortunately we can provide a outdoor home for him in the summer but now the winter seems to be a little problem.
He has a nice DIY home, big and open from the top but he has a strong will about his freedom of walking. He has found every way to escape and roam the house. Now the question is that, is it okey to keep he’s way from his home open so he can explore (now limited to one room) or what?
We have a two storey apartment and nobody really is downstairs during the day so we thought this would be ok.
I know the risk of diseases but still... we don’t have any dangerous places or anything he could get stuck on.
Opinions?
You would have to be able to keep the room 80-85 degrees day and night with humidity at around 80% which will mold your walls......get a big cage otherwise you're risking respiratory illness and/or injury.
 
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