As you may have already read, I rescued Boo from a family who kept him in a tiny 20-gallon aquarium in the winter, and in the Summer kept him in the garden, tethered by a ring drilled into his shell.
This is what Boo used to live in:
|20 gallon aquarium|
...and this is what Boo lives in now:
|48"L x 18"W x 15"H wood and glass enclosure|
The challenge, when building a tortoise table, is that tortoises are happier when they have solid walls around them. They can't grasp the concept of glass, and continually attempt to walk through it. However, the large dresser that I wanted to set the enclosure on was high enough up that nobody would have been able to see in if all four walls were made of wood. I created a simple design that allowed for three solid wood walls, and glass in the front for easier viewing. (I got the 1/4" thick tempered glass on Craigslist for $3!)
|...done painting and staining, still need the glass front and the vinyl flooring|
|...the glass is installed, and the UV light is in place.|
|Live spider plant, and some bird seed, barley, and kale planted in some organic soil|
|All moved in!|
|This plant got replaced with a pumpkin in the meantime, until I find a good climbing rock. |
The jade plant didn't survive Boo's climbing for long.
|All tuckered out from exploring and climbing!|
I hope that some day Boo will learn to trust me enough to eat out of my hand. He is a VERY picky eater, and he still pulls into his shell any time someone reaches into the tort table (I don't blame him, after being disrespected by his old owners). He does seem so much more happy in his new enclosure, though. He is very active, explores, basks, climbs, digs... he is able to look out through the glass if he climbs to a high point, and he definitely watches the kids as they play.