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#1 Guest_Ozric_*

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:16 PM

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Hi friends. I decided to take some photos of my indoor enclosure as a couple of people have asked about it. These photos are not very pretty - sorry! But it might be useful for some keepers to see. This is quite a large enclosure, 1.8 metres by 1.5 metres. The sides are 25 cm high. The florr of it is made of decking tiles with a large sheet of outdoor grade plywood on top of that. I used yacht varnish to seal the wood and applied several coats. The finish is very tough. I used quite nice wood for the visible sides of the enclosure but the same thing could be made a lot cheaper with rougher wood.

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I made a gantry that goes over part of the enclosure and this has Reptisun 2 strip lights on it. This is simple broad spectrum light not UV. I have a few different lamps on stands in use inclusing a 300watt Vitalux lamp that is a powerful heat and UVB lamp. This is only on for a while in the middle of the day to provide more intense UVB light and heat. This lamp has to be a lot higher off the ground as well and its only suitable for larger enclsoures.

I also use a 125watt MegaRay and there is a Halogen lamp on a stand as well. The halogen provides a nive warm glow and the aim there is to replicate early morning and evening sunlight.
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The lamps are on timers and go on and off to try and copy the way conditions change in nature. I've got 3 different water places in there and all of them have been used for drinking by the tortoises but of course there is always some mess resulting too.

I feed the tortoises either on the roof tile or the textured slab and there are various hiding places. On one side there is a very cheap wooden box with lid that has an entrance hole. Most of the tortoises go there are night but not always. One is only happy when she s jammed in between fixed objects for sleeping.

I've got six tortoises in there at the moment but none of them is very large.

It does look a bit messy but I think I've made a fair effort at providing a good sized space for them. I like the natural materials like the cork oak wood and pine cones that I brought back from Corsica.
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There is a lot of soil substrate in there and one disadvatage of a larger enclousre is the amount of work involved in changing the substrate.

#2 Guest_brucefairweather_*

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:31 PM

that looks just great jonathan looks so natural!!

#3 Guest_miller07_*

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:32 PM

Fab inclosure Oz and your torts are Gorgeous :D x

#4 Guest_littledeedee_*

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 08:28 AM

wow.. well done John.

its like a tort Butlins :)


#5 Guest_Hettie_*

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 08:47 PM

Oz that is fantastic!
Thanks for sharing, I'm sure we can all 'borrow' some of your ideas.
:D I haven't quite got the lighting as I would like it for our littlies, I should like to make some changes and think about things in a similar way to that you have. Different lighing to reinforce the different time of day. At the moment I have a combination bulb and use some old strip lights (UV now too low to be of worth) to provide additional light.
The inside of the shed is a little bare yet as I spent most of my time working on the outside enclosure and the inside of the greenhouse.
I had recently planted some petunias in the green house but they seem to have attracted blackfly... I pulled them up today so hopefully the flies will soon go.

Your little chaps are looking great Oz... so smooth!!

Paula x

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 09:13 PM

that looks fab, they have loads to see and do, would lov to have that many torts in my table, the more the merrier

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 09:46 AM

Amazing indoor enclosure! Im jotting down some notes! I love the pine cones!

Your torts all look very happy in there!



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Posted 01 November 2010 - 07:27 PM

Hi Oz
your torts are so lucky to have you,pictures are great!
Jay,H,Becky and Humpty

#9 Guest_Robink_*

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 10:17 PM

Oz, wow how your little torts have grown!!! Idea's on the sex of them yet?

#10 Guest_Ozric_*

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 10:14 PM

I think I know the sex of the three older ones - one males and two females. :) So far so good.......the smaller ones I don't know yet at all. As the smaller hermanni hermanni tends to grow and mature more slowly, it may be very difficult to get an accurate sexing on them just yet. :cool:

This is important because I may want to try some breeding in the future and probably I would be planning to match :wub: one of the older ones with one of the younger ones as that would be a totally unlrelated pair. Giving max genetic diversity. But I'm getting ahead of mysef there!!!

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