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I built this pen in 2007 and it has needed little maintenance over the last four years. However since I built it four years ago I do not have any construction photos, so I will do my best to explain and provide sketches. This instructable will tell you how to build a similar pen, but not everything. The design of your pen will depend on how many turtles you have and what species. You will need to be a skilled builder and designer to accomplish this. I should also note that this is not a cheap pen, see the word luxury in the title. Mine is approximately 56 sq.ft and cost a couple hundred dollars to build.

Tools Needed:
-Powerdrill
-Large Drillbit
-Hacksaw
-Utility Knife
-Scissors
-Bull-Nose Cutters or Pliers
-Shovel
-Sledgehammer
-Rubber Mallet(optional)
-Pickaxe(optional)

Materials Needed:
-PVC Pipe; 3/4" and 1 1/2"
-PVC Pipe Fittings; Tees, Elbows, Couplings
-PVC Glue
-Fiber Roof-Tiles
-Plastic Mesh
-Zip-Ties
-Self-Drill Screws; 1/2" and 3/4"
-Hinges
-Topsoil and Mulch
-Assorted Plants
-Paving Stones(optional)
-Old pieces of Wood
-Concrete(optional)
-Metal Mesh(optional)
 
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Step 1: Planning

Picture of Planning
Now before you begin designing your turtle pen, you need to do a bit a research on your specific turtle species.
Things to learn: (All examples are for Three-Toed Box Turtles)
-Male to female ratio, ex. 1:2
-Space needed for each turtle, ex. ~16 sq.ft
-Poisonous items, ex. cedar wood, sweet pea, ivy etc.(http://www.tortoise.org/general/poisonp.html )
-Other odd facts that may be particular to your turtle

After you find out that information you should have a general idea of how big your turtle pen should be; now you can choose a location to build your pen. One thing to consider is amounts of shade and sunlight; you want your pen to get plenty of sun but still be shaded for a good part of the day, consider a spot near a tree. I would avoid placing your pen near your house or other building because when pest control comes(if they do) they spray poison around the perimeter of your house, and you don't want any of that to get near your pen. You should also consider access to a hose(something I didn't think of) to avoid having to pull a hose all the way across your yard.

Once you have decided on a location for your pen you can take some measurements, and begin designing the layout of your pen, and making a list of supplies(Make a trip to your local Home Depot or hardware store and take notes of what they have before doing this). You can go ahead and buy everything now or buy it throughout the process.
jcaron31 month ago
I've actually heard general contractor Victoria Steve Burgess is a good luxury home builder.
triumphman1 year ago
Me too! Does your turtle pen write in blue or black ink ?
ilpug2 years ago
I thought for a second that it was a version of one of those little robotic drawing turtles, but with a real turtle.
jclerman2 years ago
Yes! The title put me in an "AI critical mode". My AI (artificial intelligence) sensor interpreted the title as "a luxury fountain-pen made with turtle shell".
Mr.Fishers3 (author)  jclerman2 years ago
Ha! Yeah, not in this house, even though that is an interesting idea
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