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Update And Pictures Of Changes In My Hermann Tortoise's Outdoor Enclosure

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#1 nzflorin


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 07:03 AM

Hi everyone

The weather turned cold today, so I went out and bought my Tortoise (his name is Florin) a new wooden dog kennel that has a kinda of plastic strip moving curtain in the front so he can come and go.  It appears to have room for a warming light as it is  55 cms high and I thought I could add the warming light around 30 cms up the side of the kennel. I thought of eventually adding some insulation, can someone please let me know which insulation is best? I thought I would use a black ceramic bulb in a cage as the same as I have mounted in his indoor enclosure. Not sure what wattage to use, does that sound okay? I will have to get an electrician to wire it all up, as all electrical work must be done by an electrician in NZ.  With the change of weather the last two days Florin has not eaten (or if he did it would be very little),  After putting in the new enclosure I also put some fresh food into it at around 5 pm tonight so hopefully when I check on him tomorrow some will be eaten.  Do I need to worry that he's not eaten? We have just started Autumn today but will still get some good weather. I put some artificial grass and some glass panels underneath the soil in his new house so that the floor would be warm and the gaps in the wood would be covered.  I hope that is okay.I guess I was so enjoying seeming him come out while we had good weather, but find that I am constantly worrying about him being in his outdoor enclosure, He is still hiding a lot.  It's kind of bare in his enclosure at the moment but I might be putting some grasses in a few weeks. Anyway I have attached some pictures of the new house in his enclosure and the cold frame, plus a pic of the wall me and my husband put up to hide where his enclosure is, so people that go past our front fence or walk up or froAttached File  outside privacy wall.jpg   44.37KB   1 downloadsAttached File  Florins new house.jpg   48.66KB   2 downloadsAttached File  cold frame & new house.jpg   34.78KB   2 downloadsnt path can't see that there is a hutch.


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