Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Housing Tortoises Using Tortoise Tables and Yards

While keeping a tortoise indoors is not the preferred option, you can provide the proper type of enclosure to make it more acceptable. For all captive animals, it is ideal to provide a home as similar to the animal’s natural environment as possible.

This is especially true for tortoises. Tortoises are generally best kept in outdoor pens in climates similar to their natural environment. 
Tortoise tables allow excellent air flow and a low humidity level; which is ideal for the Mediterranean, African and Russian tortoises. Tortoise tables allow excellent air flow and a low humidity level; which is ideal for the Mediterranean, African and Russian tortoises.

Lighting Is Important For Tortoises…

One of the biggest problems with indoor housing is providing adequate floor space. Remember that most tortoises get quite large and are very strong. So a correspondingly large enclosure is needed. In addition, you’ll want something that is relatively easy to clean and that gives you the ability to set up different temperature zones for the tortoise.

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Ultraviolet light and heat sources should be spaced to create a thermal gradient. This provides warmer and cooler areas for turtle thermoregulation. Plants and rocks can be used to provide a variety of microclimates.
In the wild, most reptiles are able to synthesize vitamin D3 from the UV in sunlight. Together with proper heat, this vitamin helps turtles metabolize dietary calcium. Many chelonians extract a large percentage of their daily vitamin D3 from food, but food alone is inadequate. So, chelonians housed indoors are highly dependent upon sufficient amounts of artificial lighting.
A UVB source helps turtles synthesize vitamin D3. Mercury vapor bulbs may fulfill both basking warmth and UVB requirements, but be aware that no bulb is as effective as sunlight in supplying vital UVB. All enclosure lighting is best located at the opposite end from the hiding areas. As stated earlier, this helps provide the best temperature gradient.

Skip the Aquarium

A glass tank is the not the best option for tortoise housing. Likewise, for the majority of aquatic turtles, even the largest glass tanks are just too small and have poor ventilation. Big tanks are also hard to maneuver and clean.
Tortoises need lots of floor space for roaming around.
Unless the tank is very large, providing a proper temperature gradient for a tortoise is too difficult in a glass tank. In addition, tortoises seem to prefer non-transparent enclosures because they feel very exposed and vulnerable with glass-sided tanks and often spend a lot of time trying to push through the transparent glass as well.


Turtle Tables

A homemade wooden enclosure is usually the preferred method for indoor housing. You will see these called turtle tables or tortoise tables. Essentially, these are a large wooden box with lots of floor space and fairly short sides. Typically, UVA/UVB lighting and heat lamps can be suspended over the wooden enclosure to provide the light and heat needs. Some sort of shallow water supply is also necessary.
Housing exotic species together presents a problem regarding the disease. Housing species with drastically different habit needs or lodging carnivores with herbivores can lead to disaster. Knowing the native ecosystem of your animal is critical. Many habitats vary in temperature, humidity, and photoperiod.

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  • It is constructed of high-quality moisture resistant MDF
  • Its dimensions are approximately 48-inch by 30-inch by 12-inch
  • It is ideal for greek, Russian and other tortoise species

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  • It is constructed of high-quality moisture resistant MDF
  • Its dimensions are approximately 48-inch by 30-inch by 29
  • It is ideal for greek, Russian and other tortoise species

Go Natural Or Line Your Table!

Make your organic soil using mulch, topsoil, and coconut husk. Terrarium liners provide pet owners with a safe, easy to clean substrate alternative.

This material is constructed with a durable, absorbent material that will not irritate the skin of your reptile or amphibian pet.
This substrate is also easy to clean because you simply rinse with hot water and then allow it to air dry. The material lasts.
Many manufactured substrates, particularly those made of hard plastic, are harsh on reptiles’ undersides and feet and can eventually lead to skin irritation and puncture wounds.
Other Options

For smaller tortoises, some owners use plastic storage containers.
These have the advantage of being quite lightweight (so they are easy to clean) and they come in pretty large sizes.
However, they do have tall sides, so ventilation may become an issue. Cutting down the sides or drilling holes for ventilation are options to modify them.

You Should Occasionally Provide Outdoor Light… Even For Indoor Tortoises                                              

It is imperative that the tortoise has adequate shade/shelter from the elements. The best place for the outdoor run/house is in an area with as much all day sun as possible, with well-drained soil. Tortoises love to dig and bury so a sand and soil mix is an excellent substrate. Hides, a water dish and other features such as wooden bridges and edible plants such as dandelions can be added to the enclosure.
Tortoises do, however, have predators such as large birds, foxes, and other pets. This means that no matter what style of outdoor accommodation you choose, you need to ensure that a wire mesh lid is fitted for the safety of your tortoise.

$199.99 64″ Wooden Outdoor Hutch Playpen with Run and Enclosed Cover


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✔ EASILY ACCESSIBLE: We’ve made things simple for you with a side door and top section that can be opened and closed for easy access to the inside space for cleaning, feeding, and other routine tasks.
✔ WEATHER RESISTANT: Made of durable weather resistant fir wood and a water-resistant composite asphalt roof, this rabbit hutch will keep your furry friends dry and safe for years to come.
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  • Mesh cover folds open on both sides
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  • Side door for additional access
  • Folds up for easy storage
  • Compatible with various Trixie rabbit hutches

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

So Many Crazy Things One Day In May...


Yesterday we found Harry had dug the biggest hole, cleaned some enclosures, saw tortoises digging, and more. This video includes Harry, the Orange Area, Daisy, Toby, Osmond, Freddie, Hannah, and other residents here at Crazy Critters Inc. In this video we see different tortoises digging for different reasons. Click to read more about what the difference between a tortoise hole, nest or burrow.... https://crazycrittersinc.com/what-is-... #reptilerescue #tortoisehole #crazyday #crazyplantsforcrazycritters ~ Adopt ~ Breed ~ Rescue ~ Transport ~ Rehabilitate ~ Crazy Critters Inc. was established to provide non-domestic, non-releasable animals with a safe and permanent home. The sanctuary has adopted animals including reptiles, birds, and assorted wildlife. Once brought to the facility, these exotic animals are housed in naturalistic settings. Allowing propagation that is used for conservation. Currently, this facility houses species of animals listed on CITES. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international treaty to prevent species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. Adding, the Crazy Critters organization has produced offspring from species currently found on the IUCN's Red List. Established in 1964, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Crazy Critters Inc. is a self-funded organization that depends on the greenhouse nursery to pay for the cost of housing exotic animals. The facility grows and sells species of plants such as succulent and cactus to support the care of the animals. Many too are listed on the IUCN's Redlist. We Grow Crazy Plants So We Can Care For Crazy Critters! Follow us on our journey as we build our Herp Haven called Crazy Critters! We share as we build, make mistakes, learn, and grow! Find us on most social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and more! https://crazycrittersinc.com/our-soci... Please like, share, follow and subscribe. If you or your company would like to help a cause like ours, please contact us. Or use our donation page! https://crazycrittersinc.com/donate-t... Feel free to contact us with questions requests and comments. We are Amazon Affiliates! Here are links to our recommended products. Shop from here and we will receive ten percent commission! That is the same as making a donation!! If you do not like our recommendations, that is ok! Choose the brand of product you like after clicking these links We will still receive two percent commission! It is a win-win! Plants! Succulents https://amzn.to/2TrqQly Cactus https://amzn.to/2DNNGPU Orchids https://amzn.to/2TrkAKu Soil https://amzn.to/2FyE0u3 Succulent & Cacti Care Book https://amzn.to/2qVQrGj Animal Care Products Reptile Calcium https://amzn.to/2qWCtnt Reptile Lighting https://amzn.to/2OUP2sX Reptile Water & Food Bowl https://amzn.to/2PGInYP Soaking Pond https://amzn.to/2qXGZ5o Aquarium Heater https://amzn.to/2OT4ENV Pond Heater https://amzn.to/2qWmgin Aquarium Filter https://amzn.to/2KpWKuR Starter Kits For Your Animals! Baby Tortoises https://amzn.to/2DOPVSX Bearded Dragons and Other Desert Reptiles https://amzn.to/2Tt1tzN Snakes, Frogs and Lizards https://amzn.to/2S3dvhP Geckos and Insects https://amzn.to/2RYhlc6 Books! Miles and Miles of Reptiles. Dr. Suess Book https://amzn.to/2PEDuPP Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins Natural History Book https://amzn.to/2DBFoJI Diagnostic Imaging Book for adults https://amzn.to/2DzFxxC

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Update On Freddy, The Macaws, Snow Leopard Tortoises, and Our Greenhouse...


You guys ask us all of the time how do we keep all of these turtles straight. First in this video we see some of the most beautiful Snow Leopard Tortoises. We wanted to purchase some but it is not in our budget any time soon. One day we hope to give Leo the Leopard Tortoise that resides here a friend but that is going to have to wait. After the baby tortoises, we get to see the macaws before treating some aquatic turtles for shell fungus. Well, I can hardly tell who Freddy is in this video. Keep in mind that I do not see well combined with the fact there are more than a half dozen turtles that all look just alike. Freddy came here with a fungus on her shell. But with that fungus almost gone, identification is difficult. With that said, she has moved to the back porch where we keep turtles in quarantine for some time and while there we had to clean her pond out. The way we install bulk-heads makes taking care of aquatic turtles so much easier and it does not take too long at all. Before ending the video, we check out the plant stock in the greenhouse for this week’s plant sale fundraiser. We realize the audio sucks but our day has been very busy. Events that include a brand new species hatching in the incubator, Ken catching tortoise eggs while being laid by a Yellowfoot Tortoise, a long list of chores that includes alot of picking up of poop, and a wonderfully busy day at the greenhouse nursery. We promise to to use all of that equipment we have been working on to produce better quality but for now… life can be so CRAZY! ~ Adopt ~ Breed ~ Rescue ~ Transport ~ Rehabilitate ~ Crazy Critters Inc. was established to provide non-domestic, non-releasable animals with a safe and permanent home. The sanctuary has adopted animals including reptiles, birds, and assorted wildlife. Once brought to the facility, these exotic animals are housed in naturalistic settings. Allowing propagation that is used for conservation. Currently, this facility houses species of animals listed on CITES. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international treaty to prevent species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. Adding, the Crazy Critters organization has produced offspring from species currently found on the IUCN's Red List. Established in 1964, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Crazy Critters Inc. is a self-funded organization that depends on the greenhouse nursery to pay for the cost of housing exotic animals. The facility grows and sells species of plants such as succulent and cactus to support the care of the animals. Many too are listed on the IUCN's Redlist. We Grow Crazy Plants So We Can Care For Crazy Critters! Follow us on our journey as we build our Herp Haven called Crazy Critters! We share as we build, make mistakes, learn, and grow! Find us on most social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and more! https://crazycrittersinc.com/our-soci... Please like, share, follow and subscribe. If you or your company would like to help a cause like ours, please contact us. Or use our donation page! https://crazycrittersinc.com/donate-t... Feel free to contact us with questions requests and comments. We are Amazon Affiliates! Here are links to our recommended products. Shop from here and we will receive ten percent commission! That is the same as making a donation!! If you do not like our recommendations, that is ok! Choose the brand of product you like after clicking these links We will still receive two percent commission! It is a win-win! Plants! Succulents https://amzn.to/2TrqQly Cactus https://amzn.to/2DNNGPU Orchids https://amzn.to/2TrkAKu Soil https://amzn.to/2FyE0u3 Succulent & Cacti Care Book https://amzn.to/2qVQrGj Animal Care Products Reptile Calcium https://amzn.to/2qWCtnt Reptile Lighting https://amzn.to/2OUP2sX Reptile Water & Food Bowl https://amzn.to/2PGInYP Soaking Pond https://amzn.to/2qXGZ5o Aquarium Heater https://amzn.to/2OT4ENV Pond Heater https://amzn.to/2qWmgin Aquarium Filter https://amzn.to/2KpWKuR Starter Kits For Your Animals! Baby Tortoises https://amzn.to/2DOPVSX Bearded Dragons and Other Desert Reptiles https://amzn.to/2Tt1tzN Snakes, Frogs and Lizards https://amzn.to/2S3dvhP Geckos and Insects https://amzn.to/2RYhlc6 Books! Miles and Miles of Reptiles. Dr. Suess Book https://amzn.to/2PEDuPP Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins Natural History Book https://amzn.to/2DBFoJI Diagnostic Imaging Book for adults https://amzn.to/2DzFxxC

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tortoise Eats Bone, Baby Red cheeked Mud Turtles, and More...



Sometimes information is not so easy to find on the internet and when you find the information it is important to have multiple sources of information before making decisions. We created www.crazycrittersinc.com because we wanted to make plant and animal information easy to find and understand. It is always difficult knowing how to hatch a new species of animals. This is especially true with turtles. When it came to the Redcheecked Mud Turtle, we got even more nervous once we were told the species were maybe going to be added to Cites in the future. As our day went on, we got really busy with cleaning water bowls, raking out enclosures, and what we call poop patrol. The day even had a strange dog in our field biting our cows. We caught our day and you can see just a small piece of it in this video. WAIT till you see what our day ended with! You will NOT believe this! Click to read more about Redcheeked Mud Turtles hatching, Harry the Texas Tortoise eating a bone, Freddie the slider in her quarantine pond, and more.... https://crazycrittersinc.com/?p=10487 ~ Adopt ~ Breed ~ Rescue ~ Transport ~ Rehabilitate ~ Crazy Critters Inc. was established to provide non-domestic, non-releasable animals with a safe and permanent home. The sanctuary has adopted animals including reptiles, birds, and assorted wildlife. Once brought to the facility, these exotic animals are housed in naturalistic settings. Allowing propagation that is used for conservation. Currently, this facility houses species of animals listed on CITES. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international treaty to prevent species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. Adding, the Crazy Critters organization has produced offspring from species currently found on the IUCN's Red List. Established in 1964, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Crazy Critters Inc. is a self-funded organization that depends on the greenhouse nursery to pay for the cost of housing exotic animals. The facility grows and sells species of plants such as succulent and cactus to support the care of the animals. Many too are listed on the IUCN's Redlist. We Grow Crazy Plants So We Can Care For Crazy Critters! Follow us on our journey as we build our Herp Haven called Crazy Critters! We share as we build, make mistakes, learn, and grow! Find us on most social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and more! https://crazycrittersinc.com/our-soci... Please like, share, follow and subscribe. If you or your company would like to help a cause like ours, please contact us. Or use our donation page! https://crazycrittersinc.com/donate-t... Feel free to contact us with questions requests and comments. We are Amazon Affiliates! Here are links to our recommended products. Shop from here and we will receive ten percent commission! That is the same as making a donation!! If you do not like our recommendations, that is ok! Choose the brand of product you like after clicking these links We will still receive two percent commission! It is a win-win! Plants! Succulents https://amzn.to/2TrqQly Cactus https://amzn.to/2DNNGPU Orchids https://amzn.to/2TrkAKu Soil https://amzn.to/2FyE0u3 Succulent & Cacti Care Book https://amzn.to/2qVQrGj Animal Care Products Reptile Calcium https://amzn.to/2qWCtnt Reptile Lighting https://amzn.to/2OUP2sX Reptile Water & Food Bowl https://amzn.to/2PGInYP Soaking Pond https://amzn.to/2qXGZ5o Aquarium Heater https://amzn.to/2OT4ENV Pond Heater https://amzn.to/2qWmgin Aquarium Filter https://amzn.to/2KpWKuR Starter Kits For Your Animals! Baby Tortoises https://amzn.to/2DOPVSX Bearded Dragons and Other Desert Reptiles https://amzn.to/2Tt1tzN Snakes, Frogs and Lizards https://amzn.to/2S3dvhP Geckos and Insects https://amzn.to/2RYhlc6 Books! Miles and Miles of Reptiles. Dr. Suess Book https://amzn.to/2PEDuPP Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins Natural History Book https://amzn.to/2DBFoJI Diagnostic Imaging Book for adults https://amzn.to/2DzFxxC