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CARE OF HATCHLINGS


This is a basic guide, further reading is essential and enjoyable.
It is strongly recommended that you read some of the articles on my forum.

OUTDOOR ENCLOSURE

It should be similar to the indoor enclosure without the needs for lights,
but the addition of a wire cover top to prevent attack from predators.
Again an indoor guinea pig / rabbit cage can be used.
Make sure you drill holes in the base so summer rain showers can drain away.
Provide a hide and a piece of flat stone or slate and stone chippings.
An advantage of using this is it can be moved around the garden to sunnier
spots and comes complete with its wire protective cover.
An indoor guinea pig cage used outdoors.
I have built my own outdoor tortoise table with protective cover.





The outdoor tortoise table with wire top removed Another type of out door enclosure can be a wooden sided pen with strong wire mesh fitted to the top providing a guard against predators.
A piece of twin walled polycarbonate can be partially placed over the wire in average weather.
The pen is placed on fairly closely mown untreated lawn with dandelion, plantain and clover, etc, growing in it.
A terracotta flower pot can provide shade, security and shelter.
Ensure that there are no hollows in the turf where the hatchlings can escape under the pen!
By the 3rd year a young tortoises will require something larger and more interesting with a rockery and plants for shade and shelter. Somewhere in which they can be left undisturbed.
In the warm summer months tortoises can be left outside at night, they tend to settle under low growing shrubs.
This is not advisable if you do not have a secure garden and may have foxes.



My larger outdoor enclosure fenced off with log edging. Planted with low shrubs