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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

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Tom was last seen:
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    1. WIIV
      WIIV
      Thank you!!!
    2. WIIV
      WIIV
      Hi Tom, I'm trying to find a simple answer. Do we really need to be overly concerned regarding salmonella with the desert tortoise hatchlings? We are washing our hands after touching the tortoises and we're laying down a towel when we set them down outside of their indoor habitat. But do we need to be wiping off door knobs Etc? Thank you for your help in advance. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving
      1. Tom
        Tom
        In my opinion, no. Salmonella is everywhere. If a biologist cultured your babies, they would likely find it. They would also likely find it on the phone, computer, kitchen counter or sink of people who don't even own animals of any kind. Its everywhere. In dealing with all manner of chelonians, other reptiles, and all sorts of exotic species for decades, I've never had one issue with salmonella.
        Nov 24, 2017
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      2. Tom
        Tom
        Use basic hygiene and common sense, but I don't give one thought to this issue anymore, except when someone asks and I raise dozens of hatchlings every year.
        Nov 24, 2017
    3. KarenMitchell
      KarenMitchell
      Tom your plan for the box was great. She loves it and i don't have to worry about her getting a ill.
      Happy turkey day. Since I'm cooking yams and sweet dreams potatoes I was wondering if I could give my Salcutta the peels. Shes 5-7 years old & about a foot long. What do you think?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I fed some of those to my tortoises today! I mix it in with grass or greens of some sort, so that its a relatively small percentage of the food.
        Nov 23, 2017
    4. Turbo'smom
      Turbo'smom
      Tom..Don't know if you remember me but I have a couple of questions and want to keep it in a private conversation. How do I contact some of the old timers in private? I know this is a stupid question but I can't figure it out..lol
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Click on their username and then click on start a conversation.
        Nov 15, 2017
    5. Lisa Hamm
      Lisa Hamm
      Hi Tom.
      Where in SoCal are you located? How do I find out when you have tortoises available? Do you have a website somewhere?
    6. Richard Little
      Richard Little
      Hey Tom, I have a baby white leopard that is almost 2 yrs old. Gambino is about 296 grams currently. We wanted to look to purchase one of your giant SA leopards. Would these two be able to live together in the same enclosure? We would like one that is on the younger side and is roughly the same size.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        People seldom sell anything other than hatchlings. I won't have any hatching until January.

        Tortoises should never be housed in pairs. You could buy three babies and then house the three of them all together with your older when they are closer to the same size.

        Do a thread and post pics of your current one. I'd love to see it.
        Oct 23, 2017
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    7. Lolo389
      Lolo389
      Hi Tom, I’m looking for radiated tortoise to buy. I don’t want to get a CBW permit to get the tortoise from a different state. I live in LA and I read your post that you know people sell radiated tortoise in So California. Can you let me know the info for getting them? You can email me lolokwong@outlook.com. Thanks
      —Lolo
    8. astock64
      astock64
      tom,Rockette is 15 pounds now lived outside all summer need your latest plan for outdoor enclosure we are in las vegas, been unsuccessful in finding on the site.thx in advance. You and others have been invaluable in helping us I think we have a thriving sulcata now from a rough start when we acquired her
      1. Tom
      2. astock64
        astock64
        thx tom looks like that will keep her warm in the winter in vegas but will it be too hot in summer or could I shade it somehow
        Oct 1, 2017
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Shade it, paint the top white, run corrugated white plastic on the top, and run sprinklers during the heat of the day.

        Or: Start a burrow and let him live underground all summer.
        Oct 1, 2017
    9. KarenMitchell
      KarenMitchell
      Im not sure i did that correctly. I tried to send three pics. If you didnt get them let me know.
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    11. KellieMichelle
      KellieMichelle
      Hi Tom,
      Could you please send me a link to the "beginner mistakes" forum? I can't seem to find it. Thanks so much!
      1. Tom
    12. Geng
      Geng
    13. Gregory1979
      Gregory1979
      Hi Tom I'm rite in the middle of a few modifications to my table,I have just got t5 to replace the old t8 and wasn't sure of a safe distance as it doesn't tell u on box,can u help,my table is 18 inch high 4ftlong
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      2. Gregory1979
        Gregory1979
        Love ur burmese,she'll is beautifull,do u breed
        Jul 28, 2017
      3. Tom
        Tom
        I don't have experience with the 6% bulbs. I would get a meter and check it. That is the only way to be certain.
        Jul 28, 2017
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      4. Gregory1979
        Gregory1979
        Tom can I ask u quick question,I have somone from Virginia who is willing to donate me a male to go with my female,he says we don't need cites as no money changing hands is this correction I live in Scotland,thanks for ur time
        Aug 2, 2017
    14. scuba113
      scuba113
      Hello Tom

      I saw you mention in a post about Geoclemys Hamiltonii and was wondering if you still have connections to someone that has these that they are selling within CA of course.

      Thank you,
      Steve
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I know the Behler Center has them.

        Checking with a friend of mine that had a bunch to see if he wants to part with any.
        Jul 11, 2017
      2. scuba113
        scuba113
        Thank you really looking for a male to go with a female my friend has.
        Jul 11, 2017
    15. aechols83
      aechols83
    16. charles leek
      charles leek
      i read you sell sulcatas do you have a web site
      1. Tom
        Tom
        No. I'm just here on TFO.
        Jun 17, 2017
    17. CapnAwes0me
      CapnAwes0me
      Hi Tom, I am very new to tortoise raising and have adopted a Sulcata that was going to be left. She is awesome and I have gotten some great info from your posts. (especially the food one) I am going to make a new home for her and I am trying to figure out what soil to use for it. I would like to plant some of the foods you mention all the time (the flowers and grass) but I am not sure what would be both.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        What size sulcata?
        May 24, 2017
      2. CapnAwes0me
        CapnAwes0me
        Sorry for the late reply. She is about 3 years old and has about a 10" long shell.
        May 29, 2017
    18. rearlpettway
      rearlpettway
      Hello,
      I would like to post 2 videos of Ellie the wild leopard tortoise but I dont know how to do it. Can you help me please.
      thanks
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      3. rearlpettway
        rearlpettway
        thank you
        May 24, 2017
      4. Anniem805
        Anniem805
        Hi Rodney, I'm in your sulcata group. Just joined this one to learn as much as I can, and I ran across your post. Thanks for all your excellent info.
        Jun 5, 2017
      5. rearlpettway
        rearlpettway
        Anniem805, I learned all my information from Tom
        Jun 8, 2017
    19. rearlpettway
      rearlpettway
      Hello,
      Can you take a look at my post titled shell deformation. Thank you.
    20. Mark Tenerife
      Mark Tenerife
      Hi Tom
      I'm in a similar climate. Near Morocco, Tenerife. I put details re humidity, hours of sun etc. I have a Russian, 1 now after advice from the forum. Need help re keeping her outside I read your articles. Plants, hibernation etc. I'm in a desert so was going to use soil and gravel Sand stone. Not the wood/bark I want to hose it clean. I'm interested in your views. You were especially recommended. Bye 4 now. M
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    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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