The 48” x 24” Deluxe Kit is designed to accommodate a range of reptiles including tortoises. It is a great sized enclosure for many types of tortoise and it can be used as a minimum sized permanent home for single adult Hermann’s or Horsfield’s tortoise, a small Mediterranean Spur Thigh and several other Tortoises. The large floor space gives your tortoise plenty of room to move around and act naturally.
This kit is based on an enclosed wooden vivarium which we have found to be the most successful way of housing tortoises in this country. Our wooden enclosures strike a balance between excellent ventilation (via convection of air through ND vents) and maintaining a good ambient air temperature. We have found them to be more suitable than “table top” enclosures as they are far more energy efficient and allow you to create a suitable ambient temperature rather than extremes of hot and cold at each end.
The heating for this set up is provided for by a ceramic heat bulb which will be controlled by the Pulse Proportional thermostat which is included in this kit, to ensure that the enclosure is the perfect temperature for your tortoise. An Arcadia 12% T8 tube and reflector are included to provide the essential UVB lighting. Due to the fact that this kit is designed to be adapted to various reptiles, a few bits and peices may need to be added (at a reduced price) to make it perfect for your animal. For tortoises this is simply the addition of a suitable substrate and hay bedding. A water bowl, and multivitamins will also be needed if you do not already own these.
The digital thermostats are much the same as the analogue ones, but with some added benefits. You will get a digital readout, added safety cut off and a separate channel for putting an extra electrical item on a timer. The Digital thermostat will also allow you to program a controlled night time drop in temperature (very useful for many chameleons). Plus it will give you a permanent readout off the current temperature inside your enclosure on an easy to read display.
As it says we will upgrade your analogue thermometer for a digital thermometer with probe. This will make it easier to read and less opening and closing your enclose to check it’s all work correctly. The digital thermometer is also more accurate and measures the temperature to an accuracy 0.1F.
This addition keeps your animal safely in the enclosure. Often it is a more useful as a way of keeping unwanted attention out. Such as young children and other curious pets.
Arcadia T5 tubes are in our opinion the very best way of giving your animal the best quality and most natural UV there is on the market right now. The unit its self is a beautifully neat self-contained tube, starter and reflector. It has only the one splash proof wire. Meaning, no more dangling wires, or having to find a neat place to put the starter. That’s not all. The UV it self lasts a year before needing to be replaced. Plus the UV radiation will travel up to 4ft from the unit, perfect for taller vivariums.