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#1 jsbelljr83

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:15 PM

I FINALLY got around to downloading the pics I took of my outdoor enclosure. It is 8' long, 4' wide and close to 2 1'2' high. Total cost for wood, hardware etc was close to $300. Total time to build was about 40 hrs stretched out over a week and a half. But in the end it was WELL worth it. I have since removed the Rye grass and added another Hosta, they like to hide under them for shade. The leaf pile is about 1 1/2 feet high and I added peat moss to help retain water. I also took up most of the soil around the plants and added some sand to lighten it up so it would dry out faster.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:18 PM

I FINALLY got around to downloading the pics I took of my outdoor enclosure. It is 8' long, 4' wide and close to 2 1'2' high. Total cost for wood, hardware etc was close to $300. Total time to build was about 40 hrs stretched out over a week and a half. But in the end it was WELL worth it. I have since removed the Rye grass and added another Hosta, they like to hide under them for shade. The leaf pile is about 1 1/2 feet high and I added peat moss to help retain water. The top has heavy chicken wire over it and I have the lid secured with two padlocks, even though it is almost impossible to see in our yard.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:20 PM

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:21 PM

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:22 PM

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:23 PM

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:25 PM

Jim, Abraham and Sarah in their home.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:25 PM

Jim, Abraham and Sarah in their home.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 09:51 PM

Wow, looks great! I bet your turtles are loving there new home! Haha can i move in?

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 10:23 PM

What a great enclosure! Thanks for posting!

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 12:29 AM

It isn't the prettiest enclosure, but it is sturdy as all get out.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:08 PM

cool pen , they've got to be lovin it in there

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 01:04 AM

It appears as they do love it, we had a HEAVY thunderstorm come through last night and I went out to see of I needed to put the wooden cover on over their leaf pile. Sarah was out walking around in the rain happy as can be!!!

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 07:26 AM

Great set up! They look like happy kids, running around. I bet those boys are keeping Sara busy.

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 07:39 AM

Cool set-up and pics! [:kewl]

What have you treated the wood with may I ask? I made a similar construction a few years back (not for turtles though) and found after a year or two the bottom started to rot (even though it was treated) - If I ever make something like that again I think I would sit it on a damp-course brick base.

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 01:44 PM

Cool set-up and pics! [:kewl]

What have you treated the wood with may I ask? I made a similar construction a few years back (not for turtles though) and found after a year or two the bottom started to rot (even though it was treated) - If I ever make something like that again I think I would sit it on a damp-course brick base.

Sam :)


No, I didn't treat the wood, I was worried about using any wood treatment. I did put two good coats of exterior latex paint on the wood, so I HOPE it holds up for several years. What I will do when it comes time to rebuild is treat the lumber first then paint. Jim and Abraham leave Sarah alone. I weigh her every few days to see if she is gravid, but her weight has stayed constant for a week now.

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 02:15 PM

The frame was made from 2"X4"'s with 1/2" plywood for the exterior. Bob Villa I am not, but the turtles seem really happy.

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:03 PM

Thats a great setup I've been looking for different ideas for enclosures.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 04:03 AM

It appears that the green paint on my enclosure is pretty good cammaflauge. We had a new home AC unit installed yesterday, which was maybe 20 feet from my outdoor enclosure and none of the workers even noticed the enclosure.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:40 PM

wonderful set up. looks great.




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