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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

Ask me questions in a forum post. Not enough space to answer correctly here. Jul 19, 2018

Tom was last seen:
Aug 22, 2019 at 12:33 AM
    1. 45Charlie0ct
      45Charlie0ct
      My problem is that I do not see any mounds they are just all around and they are crawling all over her in her underground hide. Is there something that I can put down to get rid of them that she will not eat and can still use her hide? I bought terro outside baits that you stick in the ground and I put those all around the total enclosure but I have not even seen one ant going into them.
    2. charl19
      charl19
      Hi Tom, I am building a new enclosure for my sulcata. Buliding it 8 foot by 30 inch wide. How tall should it be? Going to put the t5 lights in it. How many do I need and what length do I need? Thanks.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I'd go at least 18" tall and up to 30" tall inside. There are many ways to do lighting. I'd use LED for daylight all day, and one HO bulb for UVB. Length of the UV bulb doesn't really matter. 22" would be fine, and I like to run these for only 3-4 hours mid day to simulate the UV spike that happens outside in the middle of the day.
        Aug 15, 2019
      2. charl19
        charl19
        I have a ho t5 light in the enclosure I have now. I have it on for 12 hrs a day it is 22 inch. Should I not have it on for that length of time? Also in the new enclosure you mentioned led lights for daylight. Do I not need a incandescent flood light for basking? Thanks
        Aug 16, 2019 at 2:42 PM
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Not enough room to answer here. PM sent.
        Aug 16, 2019 at 5:59 PM
    3. Logan436
      Logan436
      Hey Tom do you have any pancake torts, also do you think they are a good “2nd” tortoise
      1. Tom
        Tom
        None here, and they are a great tortoise for anyone, anytime.
        Aug 5, 2019
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    4. Mkarl
      Mkarl
      Hello, do you have any of your leopard tortoises for sale?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        The South Africans are very seasonal. I will have a bunch of them hatching in late September.
        Jul 24, 2019
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      2. Mkarl
        Mkarl
        What do you sell your babies for?
        Jul 25, 2019
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Hatchling South Africans sell for $300 each. I do volume discounts for lots of 6 or 10.
        Jul 25, 2019
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    5. Mazie Davis
      Mazie Davis
      Hi there tom! I was wondering how to get ahold of you? Thanks! I have a few questions.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Send me a private message. AKA "conversation".
        Jul 20, 2019
    6. SoWrecked
      SoWrecked
      Hey Tom, are you selling any baby sulcatas?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Should have some hatching soon.
        Jul 20, 2019
    7. Pickle407
      Pickle407
      Hey Tom interseted in one of your Burmese Stars if you have any left. Preferably a female, I know not for sure but I’ve read how females might grow slower but let me know. Thanks for your time. Nick
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I've got some left. I'll message you.
        Jun 26, 2019
    8. AzDesert
      AzDesert
      Hi Tom,
      I just wanted to simply let you know that I greatly appreciate you and several others on here and value and respect your suggestions and information. I have 5 sulcatas ages 20 yrs to 9mos, 3 aldabras, and 2 radiated babies.
      You are a true blessing to this website and I just simply wanted to tell you that. Thanks for all you do for us on the TFO (and for the torts!)
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Thank you.
        Jun 21, 2019
    9. charl19
      charl19
      Hey Tom,
      I need some help on what type of grass seed I need to plant in pots for baby sulcata. Will Kentucky 31, fescue, and the blends of grass with rye grass work? Thanks.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I wouldn't buy anything from a hardware store. Its treated with all sorts of wired stuff. Get grass seed that is meant for horse pastures. I like the one from Tyler at tortoisesupply and the ones form grow organic.com.
        Jun 16, 2019
    10. huyct
      huyct
      Hello, I came across your forum postings today when doing research because my grandma bought herself a young Russian Tortoise. I'm researching what a good enclosure for him would be. Most people say turtle tables, but you say vivariums/closed habitats. Could you elaborate? Thanks in advance.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        What size Russian?

        There isn't much room to answer questions in profile comments. Will you start a thread so we can converse more thoroughly?
        May 28, 2019
      2. huyct
        huyct
        I'll try to figure out how. I'm assuming I can tag you on it.
        May 28, 2019
    11. SLOsurf805
      SLOsurf805
      Do you have any of your stars available still?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I do. Send me a message?
        May 16, 2019
    12. Tiny_t
      Tiny_t
      I read mistakes forum. What important things TO DO for russian tort 4 inches?
      I live in utah & want to build outdoor enclosure but weather changes quick. What is too cold?
      He will only eat romaine (no weeds, veggies, etc). Should I soak grass pellets & mix with food?
      INdoor enclosure: I want to build a big wood enclosure but worry wood will get damp & stink.
      And Best substrate?
      Heat lamp off at night? Ideal temps?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Apr 28, 2019
    13. Ben02
      Ben02
      Hey Tom, my torts are approaching a year old in may and 1 is 250 grams, another is 222 grams and the third is 140. Each are in there own closed chamber enclosure. They have minimal pyramiding that I have put a stop to. I’m worried they are growing to fast. They are completely healthy and happy little torts all from the same clutch. They are Greeks.

      Cheers Tom
    14. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Will you have hatchling S. pardalis pardalis this year. Would be interested.
    15. Adelia
      Adelia
      Do you breed Indian Stars Tom? If not can you recommend a reputable breeder who does? Thank you!
    16. lorena.r
      lorena.r
      Hi Tom! Torti is a 1yr 9m old sulcata. He began having swollen eyes and difficulty breathing. Vet trip and XR revealed pneumonia. He is on ceftazidime now. He is eating well and has good energy but still has the original symptoms. I am keeping his habitat at 30-50% humidity an temps 80-96F. 2 soaks a day. Can I do anything else to help him?! I haven't purchased vitamins or calcium supplements--should I?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        That all sounds good. I'd keep the whole enclosures 85 or more 24/7 and bump up humidity. Closed chamber or open top?

        Start a thread so we can converse. I have more questions that won't fit here.
        Mar 13, 2019
    17. Falconer298
      Falconer298
      Tom, another member said you are a falconer too. I’m currently breeding peregrines. Just transferred my passage Goshawk so I don’t have a hunting bird currently. Pouring my animal husbandry into my new baby sulcata! Thanks for your long thread on keeping the babies wet. I think in the three months I’ve had mine that it’s gotten smoother.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Glad to meet you! I left a greeting message on your intro post.
        Feb 21, 2019
    18. leotortoise1
      leotortoise1
      Hi @Tom, Do you have any SA leo babies/juveniles available? I lost mine who was 5 years last summer and we're finally ready again. I did the necropsy as you recommended. He was accidentally poisoned while we were gone which was heartbreaking but we're finally ready. Thanks so much. He was a SA leopard that was super outgoing and friendly and was a part of our family. I'm not sure how to DM I'm sorry.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        So sorry to hear this. They really are super cool tortoises. I will have lots of babies at the end of summer. They hatch best if left in the ground here, so they only hatch once a year at the tail end of the summer after ground temps have been warm for a few months. I estimate 180 eggs in the ground right now.
        Jan 18, 2019
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      2. leotortoise1
        leotortoise1
        Thank you! If any older ones become available or you know anyone reputable person who might have something good for our family before that time please let me know. In the meantime I'll put my order in for a new Animal Plastics enclosure per your specs :)
        Jan 18, 2019
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    19. Ameade0
      Ameade0
      Hey I'm new here! You seem like you know what's up! I'm raising a sulcata and am worried it might be pyramiding!
      1. Tom
    20. tyree213
      tyree213
      Tom is there any specific fluoresent uvb you recommend? I saw that youve tested some out with your meter.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Depends on mounting height. I like the Arcadia 12% HO bulbs for mounting at 18-20". Good quality, strong UV, and long lasting.
        Jan 12, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location (City and/or State):
    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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