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Outdoor pen with a heated shed
Concrete blocks and decorative garden blocks are a versatile material for outdoor tortoise enclosures. They allow pens to be build in any size and shape. Stone pens can also be moved and enlarged as needed.
This pen was built for a subadult Sulcata, but it would work well for Star tortoises. Star tortoises are not diggers or burrowers, so the pen walls don't need to be extended below the ground. Stone blocks are also very heavy; they cannot be pushed around by Star tortoises.
All photos on this page courtesy of Matt, southeast Texas.
An irregular wall shape avoids corners and feels more natural to tortoises. Enclosure corners are a favorite escape spot for many tortoises. The two side planters are filled with edible plants.
This outdoor pen includes a heated tortoise house for cooler weather. Rubbermaid sheds are manufactured in many shapes and sizes. This Horizontal Storage Shed is available in 18 and 32 cubic feet sizes.
The door opening was cut with a table saw. A carpet runner flap door with 4" slits keeps the house warmer inside while allowing the tortoise to walk through.
All open gaps in the cut doorway were filled with foam insulation and then the whole house was insulated with Reflectix insulation
Tip: For extra insulation, you can place insulation foam boards underneath the reflective bubble insulation. Because reptile radiant heat panels (not shown) project heat over large areas, they work well in heated tortoise houses.