The Gopher Hole Project

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dataslave

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Hello everyone.
Here are some pictures of the concrete cave we originally made for the red foots. When our neighbor dropped off a gopher tortoise without warning, we made the Red Foot Courtyard. The Gophers took over this area...

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Here is the wood frame with insulated foam board. It is covered with stucco lath to make the rock shapes.

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Here you can see how the concrete and stucco will cover all the mesh and start to form the rocks. There are also 2 glass skylights and an access hole that will be covered by vegetation. (We wanted to be able to see them in there!)

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There is the finished product.

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Did you notice the access lid? Here it is without the lid.

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The gophers thought this cave was way too nice so they just dug a giant custom burrow.

I'll post photos of the little diggers in the Desert Tortoise Discussion area.
 

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whoa, that looks great! what a fun project...too bad they didnt take to it
 

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Crazy1 said:
Great area for torts. is the hidden access lid a planter?

The lid is a plastic tool tray. Holes are drilled in the bottom to let water drain through. The tray had a perfect lip around the edge so the opening is just smaller than the lip. That's what keeps it from falling all the way through.
 

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This is awesome! I am planning to build an outdoor enclosure this spring. I am going to have to figure out how to do this.
 
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