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#1 SnowCone

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 12:15 AM

So here's where we left off.. Trying to put a lid on it, literally.
We (Me and my dad) managed to find some suitable meterial to drape over the pvc pipes.
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It seemed to work out ok =)
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We're using our original idea of of tucking the fencing- attached to rods, behind the pvc pipe as a way of locking the door, and as double security I'm using a lot of wire ties to ensure nothing ever gets in, or out!
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It eventually became very difficult for me, so my brother alongside my dad worked together to finish it without me, and with that the protective netting was finally created! Yes!
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Now, it's finished.. omg! putting the fencing up took 2 days but it's very secure and functional. Here's my boyfriend demonstrating how to open it (there are 4 doors in total). You simply lay the rod ontop of the whole thing so I can easily get in and do what I need to do inside the habitat.
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View from south side, outside the fencing.
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And the north side.
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The last thing I did was finish up the pond, I decided (and tested) that by just putting rocks inside and keeping the water at a certain level that the turtles can get out fairly well once they figure out which parts to exit at.
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Guess what time it is! Time to put these 6 turtles into their new home! =) They are all different sizes but I put them together in a storage ben and they all got along ok (e.i. ignoring each other). By the way, it's a good idea to make sure that turtles are at least 2 inches in shell length before putting them outside!
I'm surprised they sat still long enough to give me a chance to position them like this :lol:
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Here we go, all on grass for the first time!
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Dandi found his/her spot to hang out for the day
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Tumble's still alittle 'shell-shocked' from the sensation of grass I think :P
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But he evenually found his way over to Vega :)
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I got them all together once more to give them their first meal as a family in a new home.
This isn't their regular feeding area (due to the mulch, don't want any of that accidently ingested!) so it was just a 1-time special occasion meal of plain lettuce =) Their eating area is actually in the grass on some rocks (rocks = good for filing down beaks while eating!)
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Here's a cute picture of Tumble hiding under a *coughfakecough* plant :lol:
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Ahh this pond is much larger than the water dish in Grant's previous indoor home!
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Viva is one of the two that were already outside but in a smaller habitat, she still turns her nose up to fresh foods when I'm watching =p
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Another picture of the habitat only there's turtles in it this time! ;)
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Here's Vega (Also previously outside) enjoying the pond, it's also bigger than his old water dish! <_<
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Linda found a good spot under a bush right next to a running sprinkler :lol:
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The Before and After!
Before: Weedy has-been garden
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After: Turtle park!
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"It's not freedom, but it's close enough!"
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Check out this video I took during their first moments in the new home =)

Edited by SnowCone, 05 April 2011 - 12:20 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:36 PM

Looks really great! well worth all the hard work you have put into it! my only concern would be making sure each turtle can easily climb in and out of their little pond. would hate to have one flip trying to climb out!
great work!

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:17 PM

Looks really great! well worth all the hard work you have put into it! my only concern would be making sure each turtle can easily climb in and out of their little pond. would hate to have one flip trying to climb out!
great work!



That's my concern too, that and possibly getting stuck in/under the grass, I'm checking on them several times a day and it seems they are doing just fine =) *knock on wood*

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:28 PM

Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 06:56 AM

I have walk through ponds for my boxies. that way there is no chance of flipping. I will see if I can find a picture. they are just made out of pond liner and placed on an indent on the ground.
My avatar also has one of these shallow walk through ponds for my yellowfoot. Here is one I have for my cherryhead redfoots. Its in the left corner. easy to clean just blast iot out with the hose. excuse the sheets they were failed attempts to save plants over the winter.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:20 PM

I have walk through ponds for my boxies. that way there is no chance of flipping. I will see if I can find a picture. they are just made out of pond liner and placed on an indent on the ground.
My avatar also has one of these shallow walk through ponds for my yellowfoot. Here is one I have for my cherryhead redfoots. Its in the left corner. easy to clean just blast iot out with the hose. excuse the sheets they were failed attempts to save plants over the winter.

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The problem I have with that is they are difficult to remove and clean. The type of pond here I can lift out, dump, scrub and put back with fresh water every several weeks. How do you clean ponds that are set into the ground without getting a vacuum out or blasting it with a hose (would make a mess of my white walls outside!) I also have the darnest time growing water plants and moss so I have no way of natural filtration and getting the levels at a healthy balance enough to say it's safe for turtles.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:53 PM

they are just sitting on the ground, i just lift them up and spray them off

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 02:20 PM

What a nice job! Smile4Katie has a thread in here on how she did a soaking pond - I have seen it in person and it is absolutely fabulous. This thread is either in the habitat/enclosure forum or in the box turtle forum. I will check to see if we can pin the thread as it contains great instructions along with photographs and there is no risk of turtles flipping or the water too deep.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 02:24 PM

I pinned the thread - it is in the Outdoor Pond forum.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 07:48 PM

Snowcone, I am always amazed at what you come up with! This looks awesome - anytime you want to come visit me in Corona, I'll be more than happy to put you to work here! :lol:

I have boxies that like to SWIM, so I do have a deeper water area (about 12 inches) for them. I have never had a problem with one of my boxies getting out - rocks and ramps, and they always seem to find it.

If you can find any water iris, the roots work pretty well in helping to keep the water clean (though with this heat and sun, I do have to clean it monthly). Plus, the plants give them something to munch on or hide around/beneath.

Awesome pics, kudos to you and all who helped to create this "turtle world" for them!

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:43 PM

It looks fantastic! :) Your hard work has surely paid off and I'm certain that the turtles who get to call this home are very happy to live there.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:05 PM

I have these signs made up that say stuff like "The Lodge" (the little house thing they will hibernate inside) and other cute titles to decorate the area with =) I also have tiny decorative wood bird houses from Michaels painted to represent each turtle that I'll hang inside the habitat.
What I'm getting at is I'm not completely done yet :P still lots of little thing I'll be adding- mostly for looks. B)



Btw, The signs are kind of based of my turtle-sized street signs I have in the main habitat like WITHDRAW for a STOP sign, or Grub Zone instead of Construction, street names like Terrapin Way, and arrows pointing toward the Salad Bar. I love adding little details that really do make it look like a 'Turtle Town' :lol:

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 09:14 PM

S.C., That's what i call Turtle Heaven.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:58 PM

Wow!! What a beautiful enclosure. I can see that your 6-turtles really love it...they are so lucky. I've watch this setup from the begining and what a tranformation. You and your dad did a fantastic job. Love the vid, they look so cute in their new home. Great job. ;)

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 05:07 AM

I love seeing turtle town! Keep posting pictures and videos of it! I just made my first outdoor enclosure for my box turtles who range from 1 to 2 years old. Next year I hope to move from the 4 ft.by 4 ft. pen to something that will hopefullybe half as good as yours. Thanks for posting!

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 12:06 PM

MAN i love that set up how long and how much money would it take to do a set up like that

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 03:51 PM

Great setup...I don't know how I missed this topic.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 06:06 AM

Fantastic, thanks for sharing :)

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