Housing Tortoises Indoors and Building Custom Enclosures


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Can you keep a tortoise indoors?

While keeping a turtle indoors is not the preferred option, you can select the correct type of fence to make it more palatable. Learn what turtles need and how best to provide them.

For all animals in captivity, it is ideal to provide a home as similar as possible to the natural environment of the animal, especially for turtles, even for living outdoors.

Turtles are generally best kept in outdoor enclosures in climates similar to their natural environment. Try to keep arid climate tortoises in arid areas and tropical tortoises in tropical areas.

If this is not possible, the next best option is to install an outdoor enclosure for at least part of the year.

Except in certain circumstances (hatchlings, sick turtles, turtles that are not healthy enough to hibernate), keeping turtles indoors is the least desirable option.

One of the biggest problems with interior homes is providing adequate floor space. Remember that most turtles grow quite large, so a proportionally large enclosure is needed.

Also, you'll want something that is relatively easy to clean and gives you the flexibility to set different temperature zones for the turtle.

Avoid aquariums

A glass tank is not the best option for indoor homes. For most turtles, even the largest glass tanks are too small and poorly ventilated. Large tanks are also difficult to maneuver and clean.

Turtles need a lot of floor space to move around, but the sides only need to be high enough that the turtle cannot climb (whereas aquariums tend to have long sides).

Unless the tank is very large, it is very difficult to provide an appropriate temperature gradient for a turtle in a glass tank. Furthermore, turtles seem to prefer non-transparent enclosures.

They are likely to feel very exposed and vulnerable with glass-walled tanks and often spend a lot of time trying to get through clear glass.

Turtle tables

A homemade wood enclosure is generally the preferred method of housing indoors. You will see these tables called turtles or turtle tables.

It's basically a big wooden box with lots of floor space and fairly short sides. Generally, UVA / UVB lighting and heat lamps can be hung above the wooden cabinet to meet light and heat needs.

Some kind of shallow water supply is also needed.

You can build a turtle table yourself or you can buy them ready to go. Here are some ideas for building or modifying your own turtle table if you must have your turtle inside:

  • Tortoise Trust - This simple yet ingenious design uses plant trays to cover the enclosure with various substrates.
  • Pettortoise.co.uk - This very basic little enclosure is meant for newborns, but it gives you a good general idea of ​​how to build a log house.

Other options

For small turtles, some owners use plastic storage containers. These have the advantage of being quite light (so they are easy to clean) and are available in fairly large sizes.

However, they have high sides, so ventilation can become a problem. Cutting the sides or drilling holes for ventilation are options to modify them.

Enjoy The Video Tutorial about HOW TO MAKE AN AMAZING TORTOISE TABLE | ULTIMATE DIY Reptile Enclosure

Source: projectPet

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