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The land turtle is a peaceful animal highly valued by those who love to domesticate reptiles. However, this testudinid likes to stay in the wild, hence the interest in setting up an outdoor enclosure. This dedicated space will allow the animal to evolve in a quiet place out of sight. It can also protect it from possible predators, especially for a juvenile turtle. How to properly set up an enclosure for this reptile? Here are some practical tips.
Choose an appropriate outdoor space in your garden
During the beautiful days, the turtle likes to run around and enjoy the rays of the sun, the enclosure must therefore be well oriented towards the latter, without receiving too many shelves. It is therefore recommended to choose a strategic location in the garden or the backyard of your house. The enclosure must take advantage in part of the sun’s rays and a shaded space so that the reptile can rest when it wishes.
You should know that the space dedicated to your turtle must have a part with land without planting facing north. The part to the east must have some vegetation. In the center, place a shelter there so that the reptile can slip in so as not to be disturbed at night or during his hibernation. As for the south-eastern part, it is the ideal place to install a water point or a drinking trough. The southwest area is also suitable for some plantations. For accessories to install in the enclosure, go to univers-tortue.com to find practical equipment adapted to the environment of your turtles. But before setting up the land turtle enclosure, get a compass. This tool will help you choose what part of your exterior will be suitable for arranging the space dedicated to the reptile.
Work the space for the turtle enclosure
It is not enough to surround a space with a wooden fence and install your turtle there to make it its enclosure. This place of life must be arranged with optimal conditions for the animal. Here are some key points:
- Develop brown soil without grass : you need earth, but also a little compost so that part of the enclosure is made in soft dark earth. These components are essential for the earth to store enough heat. Indeed, the turtle appreciates hot areas during sunny days. It also needs UV rays to grow properly and soil to burrow in from time to time.
- Install grass plans : the enclosure also needs a little vegetation. You must therefore develop a green space in a specific area. You can plant herbs or a mini vegetable garden there so that the turtle can feed itself. Thus, the reptile can remain independent without waiting to receive food. For your information, know that the turtle is fond of clovers, so you can plant a good quantity in its enclosure. You can also install small shrubs to create a natural shaded space.
- Develop platforms : like any wild animal, the turtle likes to explore its environment. So that she can feel comfortable in her enclosure, consider installing wooden walkways to create a kind of course. To do this, synthetic turf platforms with slope are commercially available, and can be installed in certain places in the enclosure.
- Provide a corner of water : the turtle needs to cool off from time to time. You must therefore set up a corner of water so that the reptile can wade through it. Be careful, however, make sure that this corner of water is not too deep to prevent the animal from drowning in it. This water point must be used as a place of pleasure only, because this is not a water turtle !
- Choose a location for the waterer : it is necessary to distinguish the water point and the waterer. The latter will allow the turtle to quench its thirst, and its size is smaller and more specific. Moreover, there are commercially available drinking trough models for juvenile turtles and others for adult reptiles.
What is the ideal surface for a turtle enclosure?
For an outdoor space, you need a spacious enclosure for the turtle to grow safely. It takes about 7 to 10 m² for a juvenile turtle and much more for a pair of turtles, if not double. To define the ideal surface, you must refer to the space available in your garden, but also to the size of the turtle. A juvenile reptile with more than 10 cm of breastplate may need more than 10 m². For a turtle that is less than 10 cm in breastplate, you must remember to protect the enclosure. Indeed, this small reptile quickly becomes the prey of predators such as rats, crows and even chickens. You must therefore install a protective grid above the enclosure while the turtle grows.
You should know that the more spacious the enclosure, the more the turtle can keep this space for a long time. It is therefore necessary to provide 15 to 20 m² for an adult reptile, the ideal surface for the animal to flourish in all serenity.
Accessories to make your reptile happy
It is recommended to buy the essential equipment for your turtle and not to launch into their manufacture, for a matter of safety. Indeed, there are in the trade, various accessories which will make the happiness of this reptile. For example, terrariums have been designed for juvenile turtles. The latter will be able to evolve in peace in this space fitted out with brown earth, a drinking trough and a shelter. A terrarium is useful in winter so that the turtle is spared the cold. In addition, this accessory allows you to keep it indoors time to set up an outdoor enclosure.
There are also plastic cages with a little brown soil at the bottom to transport a turtle from one place to another. This equipment consists of not disturbing the animal during a change of location. Finally, there is also heating pads, very popular with reptiles. This accessory can be installed in its indoor terrarium when the temperatures are too cold, however be careful not to impact your pet’s hibernation cycle.