I have to confess that I am not a tortoise keeper. The tortoise housing and tortoise tables we build are the result of numerous tortoise keeper’s requesting bigger, smaller, wider, taller, coupled with their invaluable knowledge of what their tortoise requires and as the keeper what they need to enable them to maintain a high level of husbandry. Therefore the design is constantly evolving, for instance as from 01/01/20 the houses are now to be INSULATED as standard.
TORTOISE HOUSE FEATURES
WALLS & GABLES:
Made from G’Robs own 20mm, signature brick effect section, INSULATED and finished internally with a 4mm exterior grade ply liner.
Made from G’Robs 20mm thick, signature tile effect shiplap, INSULATED and finished internally with a 4mm exterior grade ply liner.
One roof side is hinged for access.
Double doors, both securable.
Vent hole with cover set into the back gable.
Solid 12mm thick MARINE grade ply, so impervious to ‘wee’. INSULATED
The house stands on 10cm legs with damp proof feet.
As from 01/01/20 the back gable, side walls, floor and roof are insulated as standard.
The house is delivered fully built, and ready to use.
TORTOISE HOUSE MATERIALS
All framing and cladding is pressure treated joinery grade red pine.
12 mm thick Marine grade ply.
THE TORTOISE HOUSE RANGE
50cm wide, 60cm front to back, 41cm tall.
60cm wide, 70cm front to back, 51cm tall.
70cm wide, 85cm front to back, 60cm tall.
A good number of our house builds are made to measure, so if you have a requirement, please ask. The worst we can say is “no” but it’s not happened yet.
THE TORTOISE HOUSE OPTIONS
Provides a ‘leg up’.
Creates a 'backroom' and shields against draughts.
Heavy-duty clear strip curtains, gives protection without diminishing natural light.
Roof, floor and walls (except the door wall), lined with 20mm of rigid foam insulation with secondary protecting plywood liner. Now INSULATED as standard.
1.2mtr x 2mtr run with solid walls and hinged wired roof.
To allow the installation of a lamp we increase the wall height by 20cm and create a cable port in the back gable.
Although the timber we build with is pressure treaded or marine grade and will last many years, we still think it prudent occasionally to apply a re-treatment. I have personal used this treatment on my own housing, and can highly recommend it:
STOPS WATER DEGRADATION -
Forms a water shedding coating stopping water ingression and potential wood rot.
CAN BE APPLIED TO WET WOOD -
No waiting for that elusive day when you have time and the wood is dry.
MICRO POROUS -
Allows the wood to ‘breath’.
Has a milky colour when applied but dries clear, so OK to applied liberally without showing too many brush or run marks.
SUITABLE FOR ANIMAL HOUSING -
And says as much on the label!