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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

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Tom was last seen:
May 23, 2017 at 7:08 AM
    1. CapnAwes0me
      CapnAwes0me
      Hi Tom, I am very new to tortoise raising and have adopted a Sulcata that was going to be left. She is awesome and I have gotten some great info from your posts. (especially the food one) I am going to make a new home for her and I am trying to figure out what soil to use for it. I would like to plant some of the foods you mention all the time (the flowers and grass) but I am not sure what would be both.
    2. rearlpettway
      rearlpettway
      Hello,
      I would like to post 2 videos of Ellie the wild leopard tortoise but I dont know how to do it. Can you help me please.
      thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        In the past I've used tinypic.com for that sort of thing. Upload the video and then copy/paste the IMG code into a forum post.
        May 22, 2017 at 8:01 AM
    3. rearlpettway
      rearlpettway
      Hello,
      Can you take a look at my post titled shell deformation. Thank you.
    4. Mark Tenerife
      Mark Tenerife
      Hi Tom
      I'm in a similar climate. Near Morocco, Tenerife. I put details re humidity, hours of sun etc. I have a Russian, 1 now after advice from the forum. Need help re keeping her outside I read your articles. Plants, hibernation etc. I'm in a desert so was going to use soil and gravel Sand stone. Not the wood/bark I want to hose it clean. I'm interested in your views. You were especially recommended. Bye 4 now. M
    5. zak
      zak
      Do you know what subspecies my hermann tortoise is from my profile pic
    6. EmilyVail84
      EmilyVail84
      Tom , I think Sandy wont need the surgery. The little guys much Much more normal.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Thank you for the update and good news!
        Feb 21, 2017
    7. Yoda0916
      Yoda0916
      Hello Tom, I have read nothing but good things about your torts and the methods you use to raise them. I am looking for my second sulcata but want to make sure it comes from a reputable breeder. Do you have any available, or can recommend me to a good breede? I live in TX, DFW area.
    8. Fl@sh
    9. Fl@sh
      Fl@sh
      Could one replace calcium powder with cuttlefish bone? Also if it's windy but around 25 Celsius can my 1 yr old Leopard be kept outside? Recently built an outdoor enclosure. Looking forward to hearing from you.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Hello and welcome. If its dry, sunny and 25C, your leopard should be fine for some outside time during the warmer part of the day. It helps to have an infrared thermometer to check surface temps of the ground and your tortoise's carapace.
        Feb 18, 2017
      2. Fl@sh
        Fl@sh
        Ok thank you . Awesome to be here.
        Feb 18, 2017
    10. Jen254
      Jen254
      Help!! I have a baby sulcata about 4 mos old. Her eyes are constantly closed unless we are soaking her. For a week now she has stopped eating has less energy. We were feeding her spring mix, collard greens, cherry tom. and carrots. Her habitat is a terrarium with reptibark and reptisand. Temp 70-85 F H 40-60%. Soaks daily 15-20 min. Any ideas as to what we are doing wrong?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Answered in a PM.
        Feb 16, 2017
    11. Fauzi
      Fauzi
      Hi Tom, I'm new in this Forum, may I know how big is your biggest Babcocki? I just purchased one from the local store here in my country. So maybe if you can share some growth chart of babcocki and how big can they get, it'd be appreciated. Thanks!
    12. EmilyVail84
      EmilyVail84
      Hey Tom, Id like to discuss my Sulcata Sandy with you. Im unsure how to use this site to write an email. Ive seen his vet 3 times these last 2 day. We've done x-rays ,shots and much more. The bill is way up there. I also took advice from one of your postings and bought food from a suggested tortoise online supplier. Anyways. Let me know how I can write on the current situation and get your thoughts. Thanks
    13. Jesika
      Jesika
      Hi Tom I just recently got my Sulcata hatchling and I was wondering if you use a fogger or mister in your hatchling enclosures? I read most of your threads but haven't found anything on misters yet. Thanks!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I do not. You won't need that in a closed chamber.
        Feb 1, 2017
    14. Shawn Ho
      Shawn Ho
      Hi Tom, do you still have the male gpp? Thanks.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Thank you for asking, but he's been sold.
        Feb 1, 2017
      2. Shawn Ho
        Shawn Ho
        @Tom Your Burmese Star is gorgeous!
        Feb 7, 2017
    15. Cecelie Tonero
      Cecelie Tonero
      Hi Tom,
      i need some help on building a baby sulcata tortoise habitat. I just want to know all the things i might need to care of my tortoise and give it a safe comfortable habitat.
      1. Tom
      2. Tom
    16. MONARCH
      MONARCH
      HEY ....., I need help , i have a star turtle and i think he is unwell, i in india its winter season, he was ok in summers but in winters he has almost stop eating and excreting. I think he has cold. please help me out here !!! what should i do?!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Jan 1, 2017
    17. Ian555
      Ian555
      Hi tom can you please have a look ar my threads in leopard tortouse
      Eggs
      Regards
      Ian
    18. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Tom, Any SA leopards hatch yet? Linc
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Not yet, but I'm selling one of the adult males.
        Nov 30, 2016
    19. Muhammad
      Muhammad
      Hey Tom I recently got 4 sulcata hatchlings from a friend and they are in a 45 gallon long tank with a 100 degree basking area and a 75 degree cool side they have a large hide filled with moist orchid moss also there substrate is cypress mulch
      and are eating a mix of kale, mustard greens andprickly pear with calcium dust is this a good enclosure for them for the time being while I work on a tortoise table?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Nov 21, 2016
      2. Tom
      3. Muhammad
        Muhammad
        OK thanks @Tom I'll make those changes to get my torts healthier
        Nov 22, 2016
    20. Zackius
      Zackius
      Sorry Tom..more questions. The enclosure I am having built is 7 ' long by 3 ' wide and 30 inches high. I was planning on putting 2- 4' light fixtures ...one for flourescent lighting and one arcadia 12% T5 for UV. Since the enclosure is going to be 7' long ...do you think the 4' light fixtures are fine or should I go with 3' fixtures.thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Hmmm… Its just personal preference, but I'd go with the two 4 footers and overlap them. You'll need to lower the HO bulb down to around 20-24" for it to be most effective. Then I would set the HO bulb on its own timer for only about 3-4 hours a day. Run the other bulb for 12 hours a day, in addition to your basking bulbs.
        Nov 14, 2016
      2. Tom
        Tom
        If its not too late, I'd make the enclosure only 24" tall. Then you are not heating more space unnecessarily. If not, 30" will work.
        Nov 14, 2016
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Southern California
    Occupation:
    Animal Trainer
    I got my first box turtle in 1979. I started caring for Chelonians and other animals as a paid profession in 1986, and I'm still doing it. I've been keeping sulcatas and leopards since the early 90's. I've been using humidity and hydration to grow smooth tortoises since 2008, after many years of trying and failing using other methods and advice for two decades.
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    Sulcatas, Stars, and South African Leopards.