This tutorial teach you how to build your own tortoise house.
Material you need:
1) Wood boards
2) Wood screws
3) Spray paint
4) Artificial grass
5) Plastic mesh
6) Acrylic boards (tray)
7) Reptile's lamp
8) 3D printer
Step 1: Blueprint of the House
Begin by plotting out the dimension of the house with sketch, cut out wooden boards as according to
the sketche's dimension, and assemble it with wooden screws.
Step 2: Window (air Vent)
I used 3D printer to build the vent, since the printing area
is limited to a certain size so had to cut the 3D model to 2 pieces and assembled it with
super glue. Spray painted it to white to match the light tone of the wooden house.
Use screws to assemble the vent.
Step 3: Lamp
Cut a half opening hole for the lamp's cable to go through before assemble
the roof. On the roof, fixed two L shape bracket for the lamp's clipclamp to clamp onto.
Step 4: Acrylic Tray
Glued 5 acrylic boards to make it a tray just to use it as the base, this is definitely easier
to clean up turtle's waste than just wood or any other material leaving the house
an easy to clean environment.
Step 5: Artificial Grass
Fake grass comes with a very strong odor, which may be bad for
the turtle, wash and air dry it to ease the smell.
Step 6: Put Everything Together
Starting with plastic mesh, underneath it, put a few layer of newspaper so when
the turtle pee, the newspaper will abort the urine, remove the top layer
newspaper when cleaning it up. This approach makes the cleaning job easier. Next place the artificial grass. And cut an extra acrylic board with the right length to slide through the groove.
Step 7: Adding Extra Stuff
Now the house is almost done, I build a hidden space for the turtle to hide.
This only requires 3 pieces of woods to build.
Next, a flip cover which may not be so neccessary, I built it for the purpose
during the winter time, the cover may add a few extra degree to
the inner space just to keep the turtle warm without sacrificing the air flow. I also put a internet camera just to monitor remotely, and two thermometers with probe for temperature detection.
I added some pebbles since they store lamp heat pretty well and good for tortoise in winter time.
And two lamps,one for day time and one for night.
Step 8: Time to Move Your Pet In
Time to let your pet in and enjoy the house.
Step 9: Playground and Residence
by having a extra groove and a wall to the front container, I will be able to move it anywhere for sun, good for the tortoise to absorb some UV.