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#1 TerryO

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 12:36 PM

Here 's Pio and Izzy's updated enclosure. I still have to put a new fence and make the hide a little bigger, and the plants have to get established all over again. We had to take them out to make the stream.
I haven't put my Three toed out yet (Izzy)....raining today, but Pio (Cherry Head) went out for a few hours yesterday.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 01:16 PM

Looks very natural......
Great job Terry! ;)

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:24 PM

Wow, that's beautiful! I want to live in there, and I'm not a turtle!

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 04:05 PM

Very Nice!

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 06:40 PM

A turtle with a home like that has GOTTA be happy !!! Very cool . I really like the stream :)

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 07:17 PM

Thank you everyone.... It was a lot of work...but well worth it when I see Pio sitting in the little stream enjoying life. When the winter comes she will be so sad to come inside again.

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Posted 23 July 2009 - 09:41 PM

Again nice setup. lol... I never get tired looking at the stream. I am now off to the drawling board to see how i can update mine, lol...

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 08:52 PM

Wow! That has got to be the prettiest & best enclosure I've ever seen! :D

I know your turtle would love to thank you for all the hard work & time you've
put into this. Ohhh, if turtles could talk! ;)

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 08:15 AM

thats definately one of the best outdoor setups i have seen in a long time!! it looks so natural, a cave type home right next to the stream :)

but i have a question, how does your pump work?? is the outlet near their cave and the inlet near the base?

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:06 AM

That looks fantastic! I want to do that, any instructions available?

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:42 AM

thats definately one of the best outdoor setups i have seen in a long time!! it looks so natural, a cave type home right next to the stream :)

but i have a question, how does your pump work?? is the outlet near their cave and the inlet near the base?

Thank you. My son did it for me. In the little pond section where the stream empties into, there is a hole with a slate cover on it, and in there is a pump. The hose, which is attached to the pump, comes out of the hole and goes around the outside of the enclosure and is hidden under a rock on top of the waterfall, where the water comes out of. There is a double valve that I can open on the hose near the pump, to empty the water and clean it, and then shut it off to let the water out again. After he poured the cement, he made an impression with a little pail, so when it dried he could put the pump in there. He used black cement. I hope I explained that OK. Can you see the square piece of slate in the little pond? Under there is the pump. He put a liner first, and then cement, and then some river rocks. The little pond was too deep for my Cherry Head, but not for the boxie, who can swim, so I put some river rocks in the deep end.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 10:05 PM

mmm thats really something, i was thinking he buried the entire piping underneath the stream, but it was much more simple and effective than i had thought :)

your boxie definately looks like hes enjoying you and your son's labor!! once again, this design is flawless

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:36 PM

WOW!! ive been away for a week and just found this thread here.
Terry, i LOVE your boxies new stream and little waterfall! Its very natural and pretty, and big! Very very nice. And thats a cool idea to set the pump tubing up so you can drain the whole thing... lol, i have to bucket out dirty water in Stumpy's miniature pond. If your son is bored next summer, maybe he can come set up a neat pump/drainage system for me ;)

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 08:36 PM

That is amazing

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:55 PM

wow.Very fresh and sunny!

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:21 PM

Stunning!!!! Absolutely Amazing B)

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 12:04 PM

That is beautiful, any start to finish photos?

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 02:53 PM

No start to finish photo's I'm afraid. But...I have a large area on the side of my house that we are making for all my boxies. I'm putting in a stream with a little bigger pond at the end of it. My Cherry Head will stay in this old one for next summer, and all the boxies will go in the new one. I am making a section for them to hibernate also. I will deffinately take some picturew while my son is working. I am seperating the boxies now from my tortoise as he is getting too big to be with them any more.

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 05:43 PM

Terry, looks like I missed this originally. I love your enclosures. They're so beautiful and natural! I am sooooo envious. :) Pio and Izzy look great. :)

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:49 AM

I built a similar set up for my Jacksons Chameleons when I lived in California. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to build such a set up for anoles, I just never lived in a cliamte that would make it worth while long enough

This is great DIY outdoor enclosure




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