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  • Hey Tom! I was wondering which tortoise hatchlings you have and how shipping works? I was interested in a sulcata but am open to other suggestions. I am from Michigan and am ready for a new baby!
    Hi Tom. I contacted you a little bit ago about your leopard babies. Have your PPs hatched yet?
    Tom
    Tom
    I've got a few hatched out. Ready in about a month.
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    MJanet
    That's great! I'm Janet and I live in IL and I would want one when the weather gets better. I am looking at Marks enclosures and I am wondering which one you would recommend. I am also wondering the price of your babies, shipping, etc.. Is there anywhere I can see pics? [email protected]
    Hey there! How do you think my Sulcata tort is doing? She has no pyramiding and weighs 640g at almost 8 months old. If she continues to gain the same amount she has been (about 21g a week) then she will be just over 1000g on her hatch-day. Is this too much? I have searched and haven't found a single Sulcata that weighs anywhere close to that much at her age.
    Tom
    Tom
    Sounds like your tortoise is doing fine. Lots of them reach that size at 12 months when they are properly started and well cared for. Most of them just aren't well started or properly cared for.
    Hello Mr. Tom. I wanted to ask you a quick question and I was hoping you could help me out. Recently I read a post of yours about baby Sulcata and leopards stating that a closed the chamber enclosure is more ideal than open top. My question is if this is also effective for a two-year-old leopard tortoise? Thank you kindly!
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    Yes. A closed chamber makes it easier to maintain the desired temperature and humidity for any species or any age. It just means you aren't the fighting physics of preventing the room air from mixing with the enclosure air.
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    mosseytortoise
    Thank you kindly Mr. Tom!
    Hey Tom, I am looking for a good UVA/UVB light strip for my sulcata. I was looking for the Arcadia ProT5 17% UVA and 7% UVB and ran into that one and a 12% UVB. I would need to put the light on top of the wire i have on the enclosure. Do you prefer one over the other? Thank you!
    Tom
    Tom
    That might be too close, even through a screen. No way to know without a UV meter. Its okay to go a few weeks in a row in winter with no UV. Use a calcium supplement with D3, and the Mazuir you are feeding has D3 in it too. Save your money.
    Meraa12
    Meraa12
    oh okay! I usually just put him in the sun when I soak him (30 mins) but since it has been cold, I haven't been putting him in the sun. I did not know that the mazuri pellets had D3. good to know! Any recommendations on just lighting? I got my tort a new enclosure and foiled the top to keep in the humidity but want to add some good light so it isnt too dark. Thank you!
    Tom
    Tom
    I'll post on your recent thread. Not enough room here.
    Hi Tom. I am looking for a PP. I have been following your experience and knowledge of leopards.I'm interested in buying one from you when they are ready. Can you please email me with info [email protected] Thanks Janet
    Tom
    Tom
    Will do. Hatching now.
    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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