Housing Tortoises Indoors and Building Custom Enclosures


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Can you keep a tortoise indoors?

If you're considering keeping a tortoise as a pet, you may be wondering if it's possible to keep them indoors.

While it's not the ideal situation, it can be done with the right setup and care.

To provide the best living conditions for your indoor tortoise, it's important to understand their needs and how to meet them.

It's recommended to replicate their natural environment as much as possible, even if they are living indoors.

Ideally, tortoises should be kept in outdoor enclosures that mimic their natural climate.

For example, if you have an arid climate tortoise, they should be kept in an arid area, and tropical tortoises should be kept in a tropical area.

If outdoor living is not an option, you can set up an indoor enclosure for at least part of the year.

However, it's important to note that keeping a turtle indoors should only be done in certain circumstances, such as with sick turtles or hatchlings that require extra care.

When setting up an indoor enclosure for your tortoise, make sure to provide adequate floor space.

Keep in mind that tortoises can grow quite large, so a proportionally large enclosure is necessary.

Additionally, you'll want a setup that's easy to clean and allows for different temperature zones to meet your tortoise's needs.

Overall, while indoor living is not the ideal situation for tortoises, it can be done with proper care and attention to their needs.

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.

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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

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