Tortoise Fence



Our tortoise fence is manufactured from HDPE and is available in a wide variety of thicknesses ranging from 30 mil to 100 mil. The material has a smooth surface and resists climbing by turtles and tortoises. The material is installed by digging a trench, placing the plastic vertically in the trench with a portion of the fence protruding out of the ground. The thicker plastics (60 mil to 100 mil) are substantial in thickness and not not require staking to stay in place long term when a large portion of the plastic is exposed. The tortoise fence is manufactured with UV inhibitors to resist breakdown when exposed to sunlight. The fence is available in 100’ rolls and various heights ranging from 10” to 60”. Our tortoise fence is made in the USA.

Product Specifics

  • Material: High Density Polyethylene
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Size: Various
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HDPE Plastic

  • Waterproof
  • Commercial Grade
  • UV Resistant
  • Non-Biodegradable
  • Will Not Rot or Mildew
  • Resistant to Rodent and Insect Damage
  • 100 Year Material Lifespan
  • Made in the USA

All of our plastics are professional-grade and are designed for use in both residential & commercial applications. Our plastics are designed for years of continuous use in the designated application.

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Thickness comparison

The below is a thickness comparison of the material. HDPE plastic thickness is measured in "mils" which is "thousands of an inch".

Large Tortoise on Rocks

Tortoise Walking Outside

What Is A Tortoise Fence?

If you have a pet tortoise but want a safe enclosure when outside to keep him safe and healthy, we will give you some great tips.  You are not alone, many people have pet tortoises and consider them a part of the family. In this article, we will go over how to create a safe enclosure for your shelled friend to keep him at home and not end up back in the wild or worse yet, killed by oncoming traffic.

I know it might seem off the wall that a tortoise fence will prevent a tortoise from climbing over it and escaping from its habitat but it's possible. There is no doubt in my mind that a tortoise can definitely climb a wall and have the ability to escape from his enclosures. Like most other wild animals, tortoises are smart. They will do everything they can to find a way to escape their enclosures. We will give you some good ideas to help you out but, when possible, have him inside at some point to alleviate the loneliness of being left in a cage.

Keep in mind, a tortoise is not able to climb a vertical flat surface because they need footings that are provided by wire mesh fencing and are not able to climb out of something that is much higher than they are when standing on their back legs.

This is important to understand especially if you want to build a tortoise enclosure outside where escaping is possible versus some enclosure that is located inside.

How To Prevent Your Tortoise From Escaping An Enclosure

Whether you are building an outdoor enclosure or you have bought an enclosure kit, you should be aware of certain design features. Some are more important than others depending on the weight, size, and strength of your tortoise.

If you have only dealt with small tortoises but now have a larger one, it can be somewhat intimidating because they have the power to push everything and everyone out of their way thanks to their very strong back legs. That said, you do not want a flimsy, weak fence that your newfound friend will simply ram into and push out of the way. Also, over time, a tortoise will flatten the fence and just walk away.

When building your tortoise fence, make sure it's strong enough to withstand being bashed in by your tortoise if you prefer to use a different material instead of brick or cinder block. Needless to say, chicken wire is out of the question but a wooden fence could work as long as it's on a strong, solid foundation.

If you have a smaller tortoise, you can probably get away with a wire fence but you must make sure the fence is high enough so he cannot climb over it.

The best option to guarantee your tortoise will not escape is to have a mesh roof covering on the top of the enclosure. In many cases, this will not be necessary unless you are concerned about predators coming after your tortoise.

Something else you must keep in mind, a wire fence can cause injury especially if there are exposed raw ends of the wire. It can be a bad outcome if their head or eye makes contact with these endings. Across the board, chicken wire should be avoided at all costs. A plastic-coated wire fencing will be much safer for your friend.

Outside of their size and age, you will notice your tortoise continually trying to escape from the enclosure simply because a wire fence will allow them to see what lies beyond the enclosure and they will give it their best shot to get there.

Another alternative might be a transparent-sided vivarium enclosure. A vivarium is an enclosed area for a stable environment for animals. They usually contain a portion of an ecosystem for a specific species on a smaller scale.

To know if your tortoise will be distracted by the outside world beyond their enclosure, is to pay attention to them.

The ideal material is a thick, smooth plastic sheet that is made of HDPE plastic. This material can be used to line the outside of the pen area and is durable to stand up on it’s own when partial buried and can be staked for additional support. When installing this type of material you will want to put rocks or backfill on the back side of the barrier so the tortoise cannot push the material over.

Can Your Tortoise Burrow Underneath?

Not only are tortoises accomplished climbers, but are also excellent diggers. Therefore, your tortoise digging underneath the fencing of their enclosure is probably a given versus trying to climb over the enclosure.

You can avoid this when constructing the enclosure by digging down around two or three feet at the perimeter and starting the boundary fence or wall at that level. It might sound a little extreme but if left to their own devices, they are very capable of digging cave networks that stretch several feet underground to carry out their great escape.Absolutely no enclosure is totally impenetrable. No matter how much work you put into the enclosure, keeping a wild animal in captivity, at some point they will find a way out.

Tortoise On Dirt

Tortoise in a Backyard

What To Do If Your Tortoise Escapes

To prevent any unforeseen nightmares, you need to take photos at every angle and get him microchipped. This is the best way to be able to identify your tortoise and will show you are the rightful owner if and when he is found. Unfortunately, none of this will matter if your tortoise is stolen or killed once they have escaped, but you should still prepare for it.

Tortoise in Enclosed Space

Tortoise in an Enclosed Area

In Conclusion

The bottom line, it's important you make sure your tortoise's enclosure is indestructible and escape-proof as you possibly can. If you do not take all warnings and provide escape-proof alternatives, you might discover your little-shelled friend heading for the hills and no way of stopping it from happening. Just remember, even though tortoises move rather slowly, they can disappear into the undergrowth of your yard and you will never see them again. Like all pets, do your part to keep them safe and out of harm's way.

There are many excellent fencing products on the market. Tortoise Fencing is just another choice for those who have a pet tortoise and want to keep him around for a long time.