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Question DetailsAsked on 2/26/2016

Can I hire an expert to build a custom outdoor tortoise enclosure in my backyard?

We found a tortoise and would love to keep it safe from predators and itself (so it doesn't escape and get run over by a car). I am trying to find someone that can help build it, since I have no experience with building things. What type of expert should I be looking for?

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If you found this tortoise wild, there is a good chance you are risking a major fine, because everywhere west of the Tombigbee River native tortoises are protected by state and/or federal law - also many types east and southeast of there and in Florida.

You would have to google for a design expert - or find plans online and get a Handyman to build it. I do know from a very large Galapagos turtle a neighbor had (a legal retirement from a zoo) when I was a kid that you have to pay attention to type of wire to use and burial depth and concreting in the wire because almost all turtles WILL dig quite deep under fencing to get out, and if you use a fine or sharp type wire like chicken wire not only might it bite through it (possibly seriously damaging mouth in the process) but is likely to tear up its front feet too clawing at the wire - you want a rounded wire like cyclone fencing with any sharp burrs filed or ground off. Also pay attention to access to water, a hibernation spot and possibly even a heater depending on local low temps, overnight warm burrowing material, and well ventilated sun protection because most turtles and tortoises are actually quite susceptible to sunburn and sunstroke.

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