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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:
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    1. aechols83
      aechols83
    2. charles leek
      charles leek
      i read you sell sulcatas do you have a web site
      1. Tom
        Tom
        No. I'm just here on TFO.
        Jun 17, 2017 at 4:42 PM
    3. 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.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        What size sulcata?
        May 24, 2017
      2. CapnAwes0me
        CapnAwes0me
        Sorry for the late reply. She is about 3 years old and has about a 10" long shell.
        May 29, 2017
    4. 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
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      3. rearlpettway
        rearlpettway
        thank you
        May 24, 2017
      4. Anniem805
        Anniem805
        Hi Rodney, I'm in your sulcata group. Just joined this one to learn as much as I can, and I ran across your post. Thanks for all your excellent info.
        Jun 5, 2017
      5. rearlpettway
        rearlpettway
        Anniem805, I learned all my information from Tom
        Jun 8, 2017
    5. rearlpettway
      rearlpettway
      Hello,
      Can you take a look at my post titled shell deformation. Thank you.
    6. 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
    7. zak
      zak
      Do you know what subspecies my hermann tortoise is from my profile pic
    8. 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
    9. 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.
    10. Fl@sh
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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!
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. 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
    19. Ian555
      Ian555
      Hi tom can you please have a look ar my threads in leopard tortouse
      Eggs
      Regards
      Ian
    20. 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
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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.