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New hermanns enclosure

Postby Stuart » Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:54 pm

My new enclosure for baby and juvenile hermanns, who are far too small to live outside the sleepers with their mother, whose garden it is!

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I'm still working on this. It needs a depth of soil on top of the ballast sub-base, so that the plants currently in pots can be properly planted. It also needs netting and lumisol covers, sloping down from the wall and making it look like a cold frame. It gets the sun from mid-morning to late evening, when the sun does shine here!!
The area outside this new enclosure is due to be "mediterraneanised" with a rockery where I've just got a slope of soil at the moment, and more gravel and less grass than there is at present.

The mother of these babies lives in a greenhouse with free access to this area, which is in the distance in the photograph below. The areas in the foreground are occupied by the ti's who also have sections of the GH and their own "pop-holes"

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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby vikki01 » Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:31 am

Looks amazing Stuart:)
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Tortoise Trust » Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:43 am

VERY nice job, Stuart!

A very fine example of how to do it right.
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby JerryMaffz » Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:25 pm

Looks great Stuart, all you tortoises must be very content...More pics please. :D
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Bigjoe » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:37 pm

Excellent stuart ,keep pics coming please.
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Clara » Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:17 pm

Looks fabulous. Love the planting and how natural it looks.

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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Mac » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:00 pm

It looks really natural for the torts and blends in well with your environment by the looks. Great job! Humans and tortoises happy.
Making a wild Hermann as happy as possible after he was captured wrongfully from his home country in the 60s and later found crossing a road here in the South East of England.
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Mac » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:02 pm

It looks really natural for the torts and blends in well with your environment by the looks. Great job! Humans and tortoises happy.
Making a wild Hermann as happy as possible after he was captured wrongfully from his home country in the 60s and later found crossing a road here in the South East of England.
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Tracy33 » Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:41 pm

Very good stuart . :)
Is your greenhouse heated ?
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Re: New hermanns enclosure

Postby Stuart » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:23 pm

Tracy33 wrote:Very good stuart . :)
Is your greenhouse heated ?


GH not currently heated*, but each tortoise has a basking light. They're all on a timer...with the option of me switching them off in the morning if I know it's going to be sunny. Ultimately the lamps need to be controlled by thermostat...

*At the beginning and end of the season I do have a couple of oil-filled radiators in there to provide some b/g heat. Expensive way to do it, though...
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