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  • I built one of your night boxes and my sulcata ALWAYS poops and pees on the heat pad. is that normal? I can not tell you the last time she has gone in the yard. Is there anything that I can do to get her to go outside of her box? Silly question but she makes a BIG mess and it is hard to clean up all the time and I am worried she will make this night box not last as long as it should.
    Tom
    Tom
    This time of year they tend to spend a lot of time in the night box. Two things tend to make them poop. Lots of exercise, and heat. In warmer weather they will be out walking around a lot more and poop outside the box more. But its also natural for sulcatas to poop in their "burrows" which is kind of what we are simulating with their night boxes. I just scrape it up and toss it.
    45Charlie0ct
    45Charlie0ct
    Ok. Thank you!
    Hi tom, do you have a baby leopard tortoise ?
    Tom
    Tom
    I have South African Leopards incubating now. Should be hatching in a couple of weeks.
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    LEX小布
    I want to know its price, thanks
    I didn't realize you had p.p.'s! That's what my little ghido is! I'm so happy I went with him 😁 so far he's so awesome!
    I contacted you about getting a baby sulcata and you suggested I reach back out to you in March.....Do you have any for sale? If so, I definitely want to get one and need to know the next step.

    Thanks so much!!
    Tom
    Tom
    They are still incubating. Should hatch in the next couple of weeks.
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    psykokittie
    Should I check back with you mid-April? Or do you prefer to contact me?

    Thanks, again!
    Tom
    Tom
    Best if you contact me in a couple of weeks. I've got a lot going on.
    Do you have any Sulcata ...young for sale...I don't have your phone number... mine
    Tom
    Tom
    Hi Maggie. They lay eggs this time of year, usually starting in January. I won't have any babies for about 4 months.
    Hi,Tom,I read many post about diapause of Burmese tortoise eggs,but still confused....Can u teach how to setup for these eggs(Just have 9 eggs...)
    @Tom I have a sulcata 4 years old and I need to make a winter home. Any recommendations? Tight now he is longing in this and has to be covered since we have hawks but I would like to attach something that he can go in for winter
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    Skm107
    New to this don’t know how to post picture
    Tom
    Tom
    Make a thread on the forum. You can post pics there, and explain where you live and what size tortoise we are talking about.
    Hi Tom,
    I'd like to see your night boxes. You put a link that shows tinypics to access your pictures but they shut down on September 2019. Did you save them?
    i'd appreciate if you can post them again as well as the outside enclosure you did.
    TIA
    Zuki
    Zuki
    Nice!!!
    Thank you
    mullisjr
    mullisjr
    I'm building my box tomorrow with your plans. I've looked all around and the 1.5" foam board isn't available in my area. Do you think that the .5" would suffice?
    Tom
    Tom
    They sell it at every Home Depot and Lowes. .5 inch won't work. The 2x4 framing is 1.5 inches thick, so the 1.5 inch rigid foam fills that gap perfectly. You could buy triple the sheets of .5 and make it three layers as you go. I'd order it if your local stores are out of it.
    Hi Tom. Just wanted to give you a heads up tinypic announces they were no more hosting which I've noticed messes up a lot of post. Your heat box threads super helpful all need updated photos, idk maybe a moderator can upload it or something.. not sure I'd another good photo just too as I use tiny pic myself. Such a pain In the butt

    Kyle
    Hi Tom. Last weekend, I saw the pictures of the outside enclosure you built with the bricks and wood. Is there any chance you can post the pictures again. They have disappeared and I would love to build this :)
    Hey Tom! Just wondering where you think I should purchase a baby Russian tortoise from.
    Tom
    Tom
    Many good sellers here. I have personally bought from @Carol S and from @kanalomele and highly recommend both.
    And I will get a PVC enclosure like you've mentioned bc it's the best for humidity and ambient temp, which you've said and also that maintaining them are v important factors to minimize pyramiding. Do your leopards have minimal pyramiding from living in such conditions? So many leopards I've seen on the web all have bad/lots of pyramiding, and I wanna do everything I can do minimize pyramiding on my leopard. Thanks
    Tom
    Tom
    Yes, the closed chambers minimize pyramiding.

    Soil is not a good substrate choice. You can't know what composted material it is made of and it could be something toxic. It also turns to mud when wet and gets very messy.
    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.
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    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.
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    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
    Tom
    Tom
    Not enough room to answer here. PM sent.
    Hey Tom do you have any pancake torts, also do you think they are a good “2nd” tortoise
    Tom
    Tom
    None here, and they are a great tortoise for anyone, anytime.
    Hello, do you have any of your leopard tortoises for sale?
    Tom
    Tom
    The South Africans are very seasonal. I will have a bunch of them hatching in late September.
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    Mkarl
    What do you sell your babies for?
    Tom
    Tom
    Hatchling South Africans sell for $300 each. I do volume discounts for lots of 6 or 10.
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    Hi there tom! I was wondering how to get ahold of you? Thanks! I have a few questions.
    Tom
    Tom
    Send me a private message. AKA "conversation".
    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
    Tom
    Tom
    I've got some left. I'll message you.
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