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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:
Apr 22, 2019 at 9:34 PM
    1. 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
    2. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Will you have hatchling S. pardalis pardalis this year. Would be interested.
    3. Adelia
      Adelia
      Do you breed Indian Stars Tom? If not can you recommend a reputable breeder who does? Thank you!
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
      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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    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. Brianna Grey
      Brianna Grey
      Hi Tom can you send me links for good CHE, lights ,temp guns and everything else I need for getting and maintaining the correct temps/humidity for a sulcata hatchling
      1. Tom
    10. karenbrams
      karenbrams
      Hi Tom, I’ve read your posts about closed chamber enclosures for hatchlings. They have been very helpful. I’m planning to order an enclosure one from animal Plastics. The part that I would like some clarification is the height. You said 24” minimum. Why isn’t 18” adequate? I was planning for a 48 x 24 x 18. Please advise.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Its difficult to mount the basking and other lights in something that is only 18" tall. I've done it recently and it can work, but 24" is easier to work with.
        Dec 30, 2018
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      2. Tom
        Tom
        And be sure to request the 6 inch litter dam so you have room for your substrate without having to worry about tortoises falling out every time you open the door.
        Dec 30, 2018
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      3. karenbrams
        karenbrams
        Thanks so much!
        Dec 30, 2018
    11. frostmourn98
      frostmourn98
      Hi Tom, I am new to the forum and everything about tortoises. However, I am considering "signing a life-long deed" with an Ibera greek tortoise. Do you know where I can get one? I approached many pet shops in Los Angeles but didn't find any.
    12. JAStort
      JAStort
      Hello Tom, i am trying to find a Sulcata Tortoise about 9-12” in size. I had a bad time with purchasing online and would prefer at least a picture before I get one. Many people who want to rehome want a fee much higher than a purchase price. I have no interest in breeding so male or female. Special needs is fine. I have experience and a habitat already prepared. Any suggestions?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Where are you?

        Make an add in the wanted section.
        Dec 21, 2018
    13. long
      long
      Hi Tom, do you have facebook address?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        No. Sorry. Tortoise Forum is about the only "social media" I engage in.
        Dec 14, 2018
    14. Fireside3
      Fireside3
      Did you happen to get any hard copies of The Crying Tortoise, and if so, any left?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I just have my one copy.
        Dec 2, 2018
    15. darlingtiffy
      darlingtiffy
      Tom, I created a post in the Sulcata section about my VERY sick baby sully. You were so helpful with my last post....Could you take a look and see what you think? I'm very worried and don't know what else to do. Any suggestions or advice are very much appreciated!
    16. astock64
      astock64
      Tom, I made a post in a forum called Enclosure help would you take a look at it Thx
    17. turtles11756
      turtles11756
      Tom , how do i go about purchasing one of your Burmese star hatchlings ? chris in NY
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Sent you a message.
        Oct 30, 2018
    18. aryddiaz
      aryddiaz
      Hello!
      Our Sulcata is a female and nine years old. About a month ago she started trying to escape. Yesterday she succeeded but is home safe and sound. She keeps trying to break out in the same direction. My question is how far can she sense a male. If heard 100 yards. Is that accurate? Could it be 500 yards or more?
      Thank you
    19. Shelley H.
    20. Shelley H.
      Shelley H.
      Hi Tom, Do you currently have any sulcata babies or juveniles for sale?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I do not. Wrong time of year. They lay in winter and hatch in spring. Try Lance or Austin. Lancecham or AZSulcata
        Oct 18, 2018
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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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