A new tortoise pen

30 Apr

Here’s a quick photo summary of the tortoise pen I built yesterday.


I used 2″ x 10″ boards.


I used 2″x 4″s for the top. I stapled the wire to the bottom of the boards. The white plastic ties are only there because I used the wire that I had, which was in two pieces, instead of buying a single piece. Cheap cheap cheap, that’s me.


Two hinges on the back.


A latch on the front. I probably don’t need to lock it. I’m not aware of any turtle thieves running around but, my Red-foot Tortoise is worth $200 and if she were taken it would likely be bad for her.


Now we’re getting fancy. A handle on the front. Cost me $1.99


I bought a bag of Cypress Mulch (three bucks) and the sun came out for an hour so…


…the tortoises got to come out to eat and sunbathe. I get these organic dandelions from my neighbors yard (thanks NW). He says he grows them just for me!


But it’s still too chilly in Iowa so I took them indoors for the rainy days to come. If this Red-foot keeps growing I’ll be building a bigger pen before too long.

The important point to make is this: If you have a tortoise try to take it outside when you can. Even if you have UV lights, I believe nothing is like the real thing. A sluggish tortoise will totally perk up when exposed to natural sunshine. Even a few hours per week will do wonders. Same for some popular lizards, like Iguanas and Bearded Dragons. Remember to provide shade and water if it’s hot outside. My Red-eared Sliders spend the summer in a pond but if you can get yours out in a swimming pool (not a chlorinated pool for humans, I mean a small kiddie pool) once in a while they will love it.

One more thought. My previous tortoise pen had wire buried underneath the entire thing to prevent burrowing out. I never saw any indication that mine were ever close to digging all the way out. Therefore, I did not add wire to this set-up. So consider that, depending on your tortoise. All tortoises dig and burrow. Mine nestle in the mulch and then only dig down an inch or so. They are lazy, even by tortoise standards.


6 Responses to “A new tortoise pen”

  1. becomingcliche May 1, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    I’m asking my husband to build me one of these TODAY!

  2. Alice May 2, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Yay, another post!

    • fishtanx2011 May 2, 2016 at 8:12 am #

      Some frustrating computer/phone connection issues kept me fron the

  3. fishtanx2011 May 2, 2016 at 8:14 am #

    Aargh , fumble fingers on my phone! Anyway, I have resolved some phone/computer issues and posts should become more regular.

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