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Marginated tortoise
Posted: 16/05/2017 by Pat90

I have a 2 year old marginated tortoise. Could you tell me how hardy they are in terms of living in an outdoor enclosure ie when would he need additional heating and what size should the enclosure be.
I plan to put him through hibernation this year so when would be the best time for this to happen.
I see from replies to other members that you recommend the use of plexiglass - does this allow UV-B
Many thanks

Re: Marginated tortoise
Posted: 16/05/2017 by


Very hardy. The encl' needs to be wood sided, with wire on top 'til it's older. Provide a house. Use the BBC local foreeast to monitor weather. Keep notes.

Let it stay out 'til mid October, by then it's gut will be empty ready to hibe' it. Read up VERY carefully. Go to "The Tortoise /" box for hibe info..You need weight records. 

Yes Plexiglass lets in a good amount of UVA/B.


Re: Marginated tortoise
Posted: 16/05/2017 by Pat90

Hi Tom

Could you just confirm what size enclosure should be. When you say to use wire mesh, that is presumably because of predators. I take it that this is used in conjunction with the plexiglass.
I have been reading in depth all of the information on this site and it has taught me so much. Your assistance is very much appreciated.
Kind Regards

Re: Marginated tortoise
Posted: 17/05/2017 by

Hello Pat,

2 or 3sqm will suffice for now, but by the time they are 5 or 6 an area of 15sqm will be needed. By that age wire above is not nec'. Yes wire is precautionary.

Summer is here so I'd just provide a waterproof house for now & give the eventual housing some thought. Don't 'molly coddle' them.

A cold frame can be useful as well, monitor temps' carefully.
Go to the "Photo Gallery" box for enclosure ideas.


Re: Marginated tortoise
Posted: 19/05/2017 by Pat90

Many thanks Tom!


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