The entire south-facing outdoor area is fenced with a 50 cm high wall made of fetch and plantable spoon stones and covers 100m2. In summer, the sun shines on the outdoor area from as early as 8 am. The facility is divided into two areas, a dry, sandy area and a green grassy area.
The first, dry area consists of a sandy landscape interspersed with shell grit, where only sparse vegetation thrives. Here it has flat stones, calcareous boulders and a few excavated rootwads that serve as "scratching trees" for the tortoises. This area always dries quickly after rainfall and is a popular place to sunbathe and warm up. During the transitional periods, in spring and fall, we reduce the outdoor area to this dry, sandy area by separating it with wooden boards. From here, the animals can also independently access the indoor enclosure via a flat ramp. Because the indoor enclosure is directly connected to the outdoor enclosure and the animals can decide independently whether they want to stay in the protected indoor area or outdoors, we do not need additional shelters for the adult animals.
The second, green area consists of an artificially created meagre meadow, where all kinds of grasses and herbs thrive. Seasonally, the Radiated Tortoises graze the entire area completely. In order for the forage plants to recover and grow again, we regularly cut off the grassland again. However, some forbs are so eaten and plucked out that they must be reseeded from time to time. The animals also like to stay in this pasture area in midsummer and like to hide under large grass clumps and shady bushes. During our vacation absence, we make sure that the rough pasture is high and full of fodder plants, so that the vacation replacement does not have a big effort with the fodder procurement.
Both in the dry area and in the meadow, it has generous, buriable egg-laying sites for the females in the sunniest places. The outdoor enclosure is designed to separate individual pairs or the sexes from each other. The smaller outdoor enclosures for the young animals are separated from the enclosure for the adults. For the rearing of the young animals, additional heatable shelters made of alltop are required.