The Turtle Room
Because Toronto's climate is warm enough for a tortoise like Basil to be out-of-doors for about a maximum of eight months in the year, the provision of appropriate indoor accomodation is a must.
When we got Basil from the Reptilia Reptile Store in 2000, she was barely bigger than a Canadian toonie coin (about 24 mm or one inch) and for the first year, a terrarium provided all the space that she needed. However, at the one year mark, Basil had grown to about 10 cm (4 inches) long and the writing was on the wall that she would become uncomfortable in the confines of the terrarium. Her next indoor home, the 6 ft by 3 ft tortoise tub, provided her with comfortable living conditions for about the next decade until she was too big for the tortoise tub.