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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

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    1. 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
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    2. 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
    3. Ian555
      Ian555
      Hi tom can you please have a look ar my threads in leopard tortouse
      Eggs
      Regards
      Ian
    4. 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
    5. 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
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      3. Muhammad
        Muhammad
        OK thanks @Tom I'll make those changes to get my torts healthier
        Nov 22, 2016
    6. 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
    7. BellaKonavoka
      BellaKonavoka
      Hi Tom... i'm in the Los Angeles area and I am wondering if you know anyone who is building these nightboxes because I am quite sure I am not capable of such a fantastic feat.
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      2. Tom
        Tom
        I do not. Seems like you could hire a handy man though. There is a thread that shows the box in CAD exploded form that makes it very easy for anyone to understand.
        Nov 14, 2016
      3. BellaKonavoka
        BellaKonavoka
        Thank you Tom, I'll check it out! :)
        Nov 14, 2016
      4. fanofthedog
        fanofthedog
        @BellaKonavoka I used this guy https://www.facebook.com/K9Residencies/?fref=ts
        who will custom make for you whatever you need. I didn't need the elaborate insulating and stuff because my guys house is inside my enclosed space. Prices were excellent. I love our house- its his page with other tortoise houses
        Nov 16, 2016
    8. Zackius
      Zackius
      Thanks Tom.. Also, for the doors, instead of using glass that slides along a track..I thought I remember in one of your threads you said that the next one you built you would use an insulated type sliding window you would order from Lowes...is that correct?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Yes, but that isn't as easy as I thought it would be. Get the window first and build the box around the window. There are lots of limitations on the size of the window you can get.
        Nov 8, 2016
    9. Zackius
      Zackius
      Hey Tom.. I am building a humid enclosure chamber based on the 8' x 4' one that you have built. My question is I will have 6 light fixtures going inside the enclosure. How do you run the electrical wires to the inside of the plywood enclosure? Thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I use a hole saw and make hole in the back or sides. After running the cords through, I stuff the hole with closed cell foam pieces, like from a kid's pool noodle.
        Nov 7, 2016
    10. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Tom, How are the SA Leopard eggs doing? Did any Hatch? Please email lincmichal@yahoo.com Thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Nothing yet. Checking them daily. The girls are still laying. Got another nest today.
        Oct 25, 2016
    11. Kennedies
      Kennedies
      Hi Tom,
      Last fall I was unaware of temperatures needing to be lowered when hibernating so I simply let my Russian tortoise empty his belly, soaked him and when he quit coming out of his room just turned his lamp off until he woke up 10-12 weeks later. Is it ok to just let him hibernate in his room under his subtrate at the 70 degrees I keep my home at? He seemed healthy when he awoke last year after hibernating.
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      2. Kennedies
        Kennedies
        Ok, I would hate to do anything that might bring him harm. Any links or sights you might recommend so that I can hibernate him safely? I do not believe keeping him awake is an option, our relationship is on thin ice as it is
        Oct 6, 2016
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Oct 6, 2016
      4. Kennedies
        Kennedies
        Very helpful, thank you. I am incredibly nervous about this. Temperatures get low here and sometimes below freezing I am concerned that in my garage, even in a shoe box with substrate, he might freeze! Or like you mentioned, wake up on those odd warm days. Although last year in his box I don't remember him waking up at all.
        Oct 6, 2016
    12. RIO'S MOM
      RIO'S MOM
      Thanks, Tom, for the substrate thoughts.
    13. Laura1412
      Laura1412
      Hi tom what is the best substrate I can use for my horse field tortoise I replied to your other feed which u asked me wen u are free will u be able to give me so help and advice please
    14. Titan davis
      Titan davis
      Hi there! A little over 5 months ago i bought a (pardalis babcocki) leopard tortoise from underground reptiles. They said he would be about 3 inches but he was barely an inch when i recieved him. But now im starting to get worried because he is almost half a year old and is only maybe 3 inches at most.I just want to make sure i am doing all i can and that he is ok.
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    15. Christopher Gallagher
      Christopher Gallagher
      Hi Tom, I have recently added Rafa our African Leopard tortoise to the family. Yesterday he came home for the first time. Today however he has been sleeping a lot, apart from when I woke him to bath him this morning. Is this natural?
      His Viv temp is 92 at the hot end during the day and 72 at night. He is currently on a diet of mixed lettuce leaves and cuttle fish bones.
      Many thanks,
      Chris
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      2. Tom
        Tom
        Yes. That should be about right.
        Jul 29, 2016
      3. Christopher Gallagher
        Christopher Gallagher
        How do I sustain 80 at night without turning on the basking lamp and confusing the tortoise about day v night time?
        Jul 30, 2016
      4. Tom
        Tom
        You know those threads that I took the time to link in my first reply to your post? Read them. If they didn't come up or you can't get the links to open, I'll help.
        Jul 30, 2016
    16. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Hi Tom, I think I am having problems sending replies to your E mails. I am glad the girls are laying eggs. Whose been laying, Hamburger, V? All your girls are beautiful anyways. My E mail is lincmichal@yahoo.com. Thanks, Linc
    17. HovaTheTort
      HovaTheTort
      hey tom im looking for ivory sulcata which breeder do you recommend ?
    18. astock64
      astock64
      tom, I am getting ready to build a year round outdoor enclosure for our sulcata but no matter how hard i search i can never find your texts detailing a couple you built guess I dont know how can you direct me? Thx Art
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    19. Alex Madden-Beatley
      Alex Madden-Beatley
      I just got a hatchling and it seems very healthy(clear eyes, shell is not soft)Would you recommend investing in a humidifier? Right now, my tortoise (Olive) is in an open enclosure with cypress mulch. I have been wetting the mulch frequently, soaking the wood log hideout, and soaking Olive twice a day in water to help. When I first got Olive, it was very active exploring the cage, now not so much. Is this normal?
      1. Alex Madden-Beatley
        Alex Madden-Beatley
        I live in Denver, so trying to keep the humidity up is really hard. it stays around 60, but I want to get it up to 80
        Jun 9, 2016
      2. Tom
        Tom
        I answered this in your question on my thread. You should get an "Alert" soon. Just click on it and it will take you to the answer. It would be best to start a new thread on this in the general discussion or sulcata sections.
        Jun 9, 2016
    20. AbeCabot
      AbeCabot
      I'm looking to buy a young Russian tortoise, and would like to know how much the total cost (including shipping to 07740) would be for only a hatchling, or only a CB three year old. Thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Contact Tyler and Sarah at tortoisesupply.com
        Jun 9, 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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