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#1 dodosoup1973

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 10:00 AM

Finally got round to building my first Table. I would appreciate any feedback on the Table from a trusted community.

Thank you all Darren

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 11:36 AM

Hi Darren, welcome to the forum.

The table looks great, is it for a hatchling, the only thing i would say is if you can i would take out the sleeping area as these are not needed and it would give the tortoise more space. x



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Posted 10 December 2016 - 11:55 AM

Hi I have built the table in a way where it is customisable. Is removing the sleep area comman practise?

Thanks for you feedback very much apreciated. Kind regards Darren



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Posted 10 December 2016 - 07:26 PM

Hi I have built the table in a way where it is customisable. Is removing the sleep area comman practise?
Thanks for you feedback very much apreciated. Kind regards Darren


Sleeping compartments are never necessary. It seems to be something commercial outlets do, the same as for small mammals. It's simply because they have no knowledge of tortoises. In nature, tortoises bury down into the substrate to thermoregulate, whereas mammals hide in little holes to keep warm. Digging down ensures good smooth growth, whereas sleeping in hides does the opposite. Being cold blooded, reptiles cannot keep warm in hides, which is what mammals use them for. When people have given me old enclosures for the hatchlings, the first thing I do is make them deeper and remove any hides. Don't forget to waterproof the seams of the enclosure if there's a chance of it swelling from the moisture on the bottom ;) Hope this helps.

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 08:17 PM

Sleeping compartments are never necessary. It seems to be something commercial outlets do, the same as for small mammals. It's simply because they have no knowledge of tortoises. In nature, tortoises bury down into the substrate to thermoregulate, whereas mammals hide in little holes to keep warm. Digging down ensures good smooth growth, whereas sleeping in hides does the opposite. Being cold blooded, reptiles cannot keep warm in hides, which is what mammals use them for. When people have given me old enclosures for the hatchlings, the first thing I do is make them deeper and remove any hides. Don't forget to waterproof the seams of the enclosure if there's a chance of it swelling from the moisture on the bottom ;) Hope this helps.


Very helpful thanks. I forgot to mention this was built as a hatchling table. I have other projects for my little dude, I next want to at least double the overall area of the enclosure. In spring it will be project mansion with grounds filled with a forest full of delicious food. Lol

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 08:20 PM

What would the best sealant be to seal the wood joins? I don't want you use anything toxic. Cheers Darren

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 09:32 PM

What would the best sealant be to seal the wood joins? I don't want you use anything toxic. Cheers Darren


I use aquarium sealant Darren :)

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 10:06 AM

I use aquarium sealant Darren :)

Thanks for the advice. I will do that today. How should I leave to dry safely?



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:06 PM

I just leave in an unused room for a day or so and the add substrate Darren. Your table looks well put together, what wood did you use?

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:10 PM

I just leave in an unused room for a day or so and the add substrate Darren. Your table looks well put together, what wood did you use?

 

I just leave in an unused room for a day or so and the add substrate Darren. Your table looks well put together, what wood did you use?

 

I just leave in an unused room for a day or so and the add substrate Darren. Your table looks well put together, what wood did you use?

I have ordered some sealant with thanks. I used Conti Board 15mm it only cost £30 pounds. So when my tort starts to grow I can add to it or double the size with a new one. Darren



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Posted 11 December 2016 - 01:05 PM

Oh, should be nice and waterproof then. As he grows he will do better outdoors :)

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 04:12 PM

Hi Darren,

I look forward to seeing pictures of the table when it's finished. x






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