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  • Hi there, I was wondering if you could tell me how to build the perfect sulcata baby enclosure. Thank you in advance!
    Hi I was wondering if you have any tricks to get my box turtle Leo to eat any leafy greens. Thanks
    Tom
    Tom
    I learned from Terry O. Look up her old box turtle posts. Basically make a meaty mix of their favorites and mix in more and more fruits, greens or veggies over time. Start with hardly any, and mix in more as the turtle accepts it.
    Box Turtle Tuesday
    Box Turtle Tuesday
    Thanks do you know where I can find them
    Tom...I recently discovered a PDF of your tortoise care guideline document titled "The Best Way To Raise A Sulcata, Leopard, Or Star Tortoise" on this forum. I am a leopard tortoise breeder and I was wondering if it is ok with you to share a copy of your care guide PDF with new owners as I find homes for my hatchlings. Maybe you have a copyrighted version?
    Tom
    Tom
    Please share it! I don't care who gets the credit, I just want healthy tortoises in the world! Read these for more info for you: https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/how-to-incubate-eggs-and-start-hatchlings.124266/

    Jon G.
    Jon G.
    Great stuff! Thanks!

    I use a very similar method for my leopards regarding incubation and brooding while absorbing the yolk sac, etc. My two females laid 5 clutches each this season! I incubate at about 85/86 Deg F and like that I get a good number of males. Do you know what temp females become predominant with babcocki? Do you add any water during incubation if the medium dries out?
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    No one knows TSD temps for anything other than sulcatas, as far as I know. I've not pushed the limits, but over 90 and you are very likely to get scute anomalies. I do add water if needed during incubation. Usually only a small amount once or twice.
    Second day in a row thats too cold for the tort to leave the box. Even when the door opens he is wisely reluctant to exit. Can I give some food in the box or lower the box temps (its set on 80F) so it wont get hungry as fast?
    Tom
    Tom
    What species and size? Where are you? What size box?

    We should do this on a thread...
    Tolis
    Tolis
    I found my answer in another one of your posts, thank you!
    Hi Tom I’m a new member. I got a young leopard tortoise so been reading on here. Found a thread someone wanted a cheap natural looking hide.
    I found on Pinterest in a tortoise enclosure. It’s a pump cover.
    Lowe’s sells all shapes and sizes.
    It may not be a good ida and never want to recommend something not safe.
    Beachtherapy
    Beachtherapy
    I’ve not done an intro post yet but will soon.
    Tom
    Tom
    Post a picture in a regular thread, and tag me. I'll check it out.
    Hi Tom
    2 horsefield
    I have George who is around 1 year old and is great & I also have tiny, he was given to me When he arrived sept I was told he was around 1 year old he didn’t eat or poop couldn’t open his eye and didn’t move much- after a visit to the vet an a 3 week of antibiotic he is now eating and pooping regular, In sept he weighed just 56g but he hasn’t grown or put any weigh on since 57/58g now
    Any advice ?
    Tom
    Tom
    I hope they are living in separate enclosures. Here is the advice:
    Tom do you breed pancake, stars or radiated torts? If not can you recommend any reputable breeders, I’m looking to buy sometime in the beginning of next year. Thank in advance.
    Tom
    Tom
    I breed Burmese stars and should have a bunch hatching in the next few weeks. No pancakes, but I do love them. Check with my buddy Wade for those @wccmog10 I finally have a little male radiata and I'm hoping to get my first babies this coming year.
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    Sarah2020
    Please post again when they hatch so we can see the progress.
    Howdy Tom! I was searching through threads for pics of adult enclosures, even though it'll be a few years before they'll need a space that big, but it's best to plan early right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    I keep seeing the link to your old expansion thread posted, but it says the pictures are unavailable. Could you possibly repost them again please? You're the master and I want to see how to do things right.
    Rigatigtig
    Rigatigtig
    I have 1,100+ acres with nice grassy pastures, good burrowing soil and shady trees. So the sky's the limit. Other than ideas from your pics, I'm wondering if my backyard will be big enough or if I should extend it further into the pasture for more space.
    I'm looking to purchase a South African Leopard Tortoise and from what I've read on here you breed them. Will you have any available soon?
    Tom
    Tom
    Hi. Yes. I have a bunch incubating right now. They should be hatching in the next months or so.
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    Natalie1012
    I live in Massachusetts. Do you ship in the winter?
    Tom
    Tom
    Not usually. Depends on the weather.
    Tom you use the 4x2s for the main frame and the 2x2s for the lid. What are the 3x2s used for?
    Are you still using 4x2 or have you moved to smaller sizes so you don't add unnecessary weight?
    Tom
    Tom
    I use 2x3s wherever I can when framing the boxes. Around the top, one of the two uprights in each corner, around the door frames, when build the frames inside the actual doors, etc... A few parts of the build require the 2x4s: The board along the back that the lid will attach to, the rain covers over the doors, the outside framing around the lid and on the floor, and the other inside corner pieces, etc...
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    Tom I noticed your enclosures don't have a pitched roof. Are you not having water pooling on the top cover slowly eroding it?
    Tom
    Tom
    No. Never been a problem. The lids get opened every day to check temps and torts, so any pooled water is dumped. Also, none of them are on perfectly level ground, so water runs off anyway.
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    I've had one lid get dry rot after about 10 years of use, and I simply built a new lid for replacement. The rot began on the side of the box lid in the corner. I have an 8 year old lid that is starting to show this now too, but nothing on all of the others I've built. I currently have 12 of these boxes running with torts in them.
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    hi again!! i was wondering if you could send me Carol s's contact cause i cant find her account but i have heard she is great.
    Hi, I am new here and I have never had a tortoise and I live in Northern Virginia and I would really like a tortoise that would go outside when possible and I have heard that soil and sand is not good for them so I need some advice.
    I bought that rabbit/bunny bedding and I knew it was a mistake but the lady at the reptile store told me it was okay. I would like to purchase the Orchid bark. I need to change his lighting but I'm lost to which one to buy. I'm might buy the herbal hay from tortoise supply. He is eating pretty good at dinner time. I try giving him carrots and hibiscus leaves and seems to be picky but only eats romaine lettuce
    Cleopatra 2020
    Cleopatra 2020
    The best way to resolve this situation is create a post asking for the care sheets for sulcatas leopards and stars and that will be all you need to take care of your baby it covers every aspect
    Cleopatra 2020
    Cleopatra 2020
    That's assuming that's what you have but if you have a different tortoise ask the same question but for your species
    Tom
    Tom
    @claudialaguna What species of tortoise are we talking about? What size?
    Wanted to give you the heads up that I posted pictures of my babies on Facebook and explained that they where Sudanese sulcatas and I’m getting a lot of people asking for contact with the breeder and or your info, so I’m telling them to message you here. Thanks again they are absolutely stunning.🥰
    Tom
    Tom
    Thank you for the heads up and for the recommendations! I've got a few left, so that is very helpful.

    Please feel free to pass on my number if someone doesn't want to go through the forum, but it would be best to encourage them to go through the forum, as you've been doing, so they learn proper care first. Much appreciated Brooke. :)
    I went ahead and separated them as you advised, now i have the dad alone and the mom with 3 2&3 year old babies. I suppose I should bring him back next spring when they wake up to mate? How often and for how long should I keep them together? Thanks my guru!
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    Many ways to do this. Many opinions, and to some degree it is by feel. You have to observe and make adjustments. During breeding seasons, I put the one male in with my females each weekend. M-F the girls get peace and quiet. Sat and Sun, its party time! Some people do one day. Some people do one week. It varies a lot, and there are many ways to do it "right'.
    Interested in Sudanese Sulcata hatchlings. Might you have any available?
    Tom
    Tom
    I do. Message me anytime, or tell me how to reach you. See them here:
    Tom, my male ibera is biting the female's legs and banging her all the time chasing her around the enclosure. I know it's how they mate, but in nature, she can run away. This looks more like rape than flirt. I am wondering if I should get a second female to allow the first one to get a break or keep him separated when he gets very excited and starts biting.
    Tom
    Tom
    Tortoises should never live in pairs. You need to separate them ASAP.
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