Outside or Inside?

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Teddy28
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Outside or Inside?

Post by Teddy28 » 05 Jun 2018, 18:28

Hi I just want a bit of advice during this lovely weather.
Tortilla has an outdoor enclosure as well as an indoor one. The outdoor enclosure doesn't get the sun until about 12noon through until 8pm ish. If i'm around during the day i'll put him outside around noon after he s had a few hours under his heat lamp indoors. My question is this, when I leave for work at 8am, am I ok to put him outside knowing he'll have to wait 4 hours till he gets any Sun?
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lin
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Re: Outside or Inside?

Post by lin » 05 Jun 2018, 18:33

Hiya Teddy.
Can I just ask if he would have anywhere to shelter if the sun didnt come out or it rained. I know Nina has a little house where hers can go into if they need but they are brought inside every night.
Hopefully she will be along soon to show it to you.

Lin

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Re: Outside or Inside?

Post by Nina » 05 Jun 2018, 18:42

Hi Teddy,
If it is nice and warm in the shade in the enclosure (like you would be comfortable in a t-shirt there), then I would say it was fine, especially if he has warmed up indoors under a lamp for a bit before you put him out. And tortoises can still get some UVB outdoors even in the shade. He probably won't be as active until he gets a bit warmer when the sun is on him, but it should be fine. I do agree with Lin, though -- that you need to be sure that there is somewhere he can go for shelter if it rains, or if he just fancies a snooze. I suppose you could have a test run on a weekend when you aren't at work, and see how he gets on outdoors in the shade, and then take it from there.

Nina

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Re: Outside or Inside?

Post by Teddy28 » 05 Jun 2018, 21:27

Hi and thanks for both your replies.
He had a roof slate he seems to like going underneath, he also has a horizontal terracotta plant pot he goes in and a large plastic bell cloche which I 've cut him a couple of doors in so he can go through it. I don't think I d leave him outside and go off to work if there was any chance of rain but whilst we are having this dry warm weather it feels bad keeping him indoors.
I think I may adjust his timer so his light comes on at 6am to give him 2 hours to warm up then put him out at 8, what do you think?

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Re: Outside or Inside?

Post by lin » 05 Jun 2018, 23:05

That does seem a much better idea by having the extra couple of hours.
Go for it. If it turns bad then just keep him nice and snug the next day.

Lin

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Re: Outside or Inside?

Post by Teddy28 » 05 Jun 2018, 23:21

Great, I 'll give it a go tomorrow, thanks

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Re: Outside or Inside?

Post by lin » 06 Jun 2018, 15:04

Beautiful day in the SE today and I bet he is loving it.

Lin

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