The Best Way To Raise A Sulcata, Leopard, Or Star Tortoise

sarahlovedreams

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I'm sorry I just saw your post tonight.

Historically, I've been buying my expanded PVC type enclosures from Animal Plastics in DesMoines Iowa. They are a fantastic company. Quality, price and customer service are truly excellent, but... there's always a but... it takes months for them to get a cage to you. I've begged and pleaded with them to step up production, but the demand outweighs their ability to keep up. I highly recommend them, and I'm very happy with all of my cages from them, but you will wait 5 or 6 months to get your cage.

Lucky for us, our own @Markw84 decided to solve this problem for me and started making his own enclosures. Instead of a general purpose reptile cage like you'd get from other companies, Mark's cage's are designed and built with tortoises in mind every step of the way. Mark's attention to detail and precision, and his constant attempts to reach perfection make his enclosures the best tortoise housing on the market. I asked him how much he charges, and then I ran through all the materials and equipment that he puts into them in my head. My response was: "Are you losing money on every cage you sell?" I think the materials cost more than he charges! Anyhow, I've seen his enclosures in person and they are amazing. I'm taking delivery of my first one next week. Best of all, his time frame is usually two to three weeks. And his enclosures are easily expandable for a growing tortoise. The base model would be perfect for a small platynota, and as it gains size and start nearing maturity, you could add on the expansion cage and have enough room to house an adult indoors all winter.

Further still, Mark and I both breed Burmese stars, so you can take your pick and get a healthy baby from either of us.
Does he have a website where he sells the enclosures?
 

Yvonne G

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Does he have a website where he sells the enclosures?
Last I heard a website was being made for him. Have you tried finding him on Facebook? Look up Kapidolofarms on Facebook. I think he may have a reference to Mark's new website?????
 

thecrawlingchaos

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Are Hosta leaves okay to feed? I thought I read that someone was feeding them to stars, but not sure. I have tons of them and they will soon go dormant, so I could feed a few to the tort if that's acceptable.
 

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Are Hosta leaves okay to feed? I thought I read that someone was feeding them to stars, but not sure. I have tons of them and they will soon go dormant, so I could feed a few to the tort if that's acceptable.
Yes. Those are good tortoise food.
 
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