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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

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Ask me questions in a forum post. Not enough space to answer correctly here. Jul 19, 2018

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    1. saukee9
      saukee9
      Hi Tom! My baby Sulcata is doing good! His tortoise box (I bought the one from ZooMed) is wonderful. However, I have seen a couple of little flying bugs in his run. Now understand, I am a very clean person and I can assure you that our home is very clean. I don't know what the cause is or how to get rid of them. i can't use pesticides as I would think that would be bad for Silas.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        The Zoomed boxes are not a suitable baby enclosure for a sulcata unless the whole room is warm and humid.

        The bugs come from the environment and are harmless. The only safe way to get rid of them is to boil, bake, or replace your substrate every week or two. Personally, I just ignore them.
        Dec 10, 2014
      2. saukee9
        saukee9
        I have the night and day lights on the screen with foil over the top. I spray mist the enclosure a couple of times a day. It stays 80% humid and 90-100 degrees. So the bugs won't hurt Silas? he has grown from 53 grams to 65 grams in two weeks! I am so happy!!
        Dec 10, 2014
    2. ttran
      ttran
      Hi Tom, I am going to build an outdoor enclosure and don't know what substrate is suitable. I live in California so there will be 2,3 days of raining and I don't want to use coco coir because it will be a mess. You suggest the Pathway Bark that can be found in HD near my house but it contains pine and pine is not good for tortoises. I need your advice. Thank you.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        What sort of outdoor enclosure? I use the native dirt in my outdoor enclosures. No need to add a substrate.

        The pathway bark has worked for me for many years with many species, including lots of hatchlings. It is not harmful in any way.
        Dec 5, 2014
    3. astock64
      astock64
      Tom, we live in vegas our sulcata has 3.5x8 enclosure the top is covered with clear plexigass we have heat lamp and uvb bulb in enclosure but at night when heat bulb is turned off
      her enclosure temp goes down below 70. Should we get a a special bulb for night heat? Thx in advance Tom you have helped us before
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Yes. I would add a ceramic heating element set on a thermostat. This will maintain your ambient temps day and night.
        Nov 22, 2014
    4. lc044
      lc044
      Hi Sir Tom
      I am a beginner of Sulcata owner
      I look a lot of posts from you. I am kind of a fan of your posts.
      can I have some of contract information from you? maybe facebook?
      Also, i hear you live in So Cal also. Is possible I can visited and buy few sulcata baby from you?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        You can contact me anytime with the "conversation" feature on this forum. I'm not on any social media, except here on TFO. I don't sell baby sulcatas anymore.
        Nov 14, 2014
    5. NgocLan19
      NgocLan19
      Hello Sir.Tom !
      I have 1 question. I already have bought a powersun UV zoo med on Amazon 2 days ago.
      But morning today, i made it broke.
      I know the Zoo Med have 1 guarantee but about my mistake, so they can accept it. Or i must buy new one. That's expensive for student like me.
      Thanks so much sir !
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I would just send it to them and ask for a new one. You can call first and ask if you like, but they have a pretty good customer service record.
        Nov 1, 2014
    6. mushmouth26
      mushmouth26
      Hey Tom, Im almost done with my 4x8 night box based off your design. I was hoping you could point me in the right direction on where i can pick up the vinyl curtain strips? Cheapest I have found is $22 for a single 10 foot strip. 8 inches wide.. I think the 10 ft would give me enough. But was wondering if you had another method of getting it?
      Thanks!
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      2. Tom
        Tom
        I got mine in a 100 foot roll from a friend who didn't need it anymore. I think $22 isn't too bad if it includes shipping.
        Oct 10, 2014
    7. Thomapher
      Thomapher
      Hey Tom,
      I just got my baby sulcata (Hank) today and I have a few questions.
      What is the best bedding for Sulcatas? I'm currently using (cypress mulch)
      Is timothy hay from petsmart good for him to eat? I've heard conflicting views when it comes to hatchlings.
      What is the best way to prevent pyramiding?

      Thanks a lot Tom!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Oct 8, 2014
      2. Tom
      3. Thomapher
        Thomapher
        Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.
        Oct 8, 2014
    8. Mandi
      Mandi
      How does a basking light need to stay on?All day is what I was told,but is that to much?
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      2. Mandi
        Mandi
        Should that be used along with the UVB light?
        Oct 3, 2014
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Generally yes. What type of UV bulb?
        Oct 3, 2014
      4. Mandi
        Mandi
        It's a 13 w exo terra brand says tropical uvb on the box
        Oct 14, 2014
    9. LRTortoises
      LRTortoises
      How do I mark my For Sale post as sold. The 1.2 Russian post is sold.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Only a mod can do that for you. Send one of them a message.
        Sep 23, 2014
    10. kikimalu
      kikimalu
      Hi Tom, I need your advice. Is it a big NO to buy a tortoise at petsmart or petco ?? I want to adopt one and they offer cheap price there.
      Thank you
      1. Tom
        Tom
        It wouldn't be where I would look to get one, but its not something I would tell others not to do. Why not get a healthy, parasite free, well adjusted, well started captive bred baby from a reputable breeder?

        Also, its not an adoption if you are paying a money for it. That would be a sale. You wouldn't be adopting a tortoise from a pet store, you'd be buying one.
        Sep 22, 2014
    11. FredrickTheGreek
      FredrickTheGreek
      Hi my greek tortoise who is almost a year old (will be one year old in December) has not been pooping lately. He continues to eat regularly and bathe regularly (30 minutes every other day in luke warm water) he tries very hard to get his stool out but always fails. He used to be very active and such but lately he has almost seemed weak. Should I take him to the vet? Please help. I'm very concerned for him. Thank you!
    12. Kenneth Roszel
      Kenneth Roszel
      Tom - I need some of your wisdom please sir... when it comes to night time temp for a baby salcuta what do you recommend?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I don't let my sulcata babies drop below 80 at night.
        Aug 19, 2014
    13. weedonphoto
      weedonphoto
      Hi Tom,

      Sent you a separate message in a "conversation". Had a couple questions...thanks for your wisdom!

      Matt
    14. Statepuff
      Statepuff
      Also another question... Sorry. What is the right temp and humidity in a terrarium? I saw so many different things. A lot saying 45-55% for humidity, 70- 80 temp. Not only that but.... They say don't soak. It isn't natural. I'm not trying to come off being mean. Just curios. They say as close to "normal habitat" as possible. Do you agree?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Aug 17, 2014
    15. Statepuff
      Statepuff
      I found you Tom! I hope your the rite Tom lol. I have 2 tortoises. Ones a hatchling Sulucta. For some reason can't upload the pic! The other I guess is Russian from what the other friends told me. Help me learn this stuff! I'm on a phone so this site is hard to navigate for me.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Was I lost?
        Aug 17, 2014
    16. Trevor Ostrander
      Trevor Ostrander
      Tom I know this area limits response but I want your opinion above all. I think I messed up & sealed my chamber with mold resistant silicone caulk. I let it cure 7 days and there is no smell. Am I killing my hatchlings? They seem fine. I'm scared. I'm wondering if people are just extrapolating from aquarium use and saying not to use it in terrarium set ups. Please help.
    17. Hillygirl
      Hillygirl
      Hi Tom, You seem to be quite the expert so I thought I would ask for some advise. My little one I very recently adopted has sever MBD and I'm doing several things with my vet to try to help the issue, but a new problem I've run up on is that he is not eating very much. At all. I'm offering a variety of grasses, collard greens, mazuri tortoise diet, clover, and He just doesn't seem interested. Suggestions?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        What age and size? Temps?

        You should take this to a "Conversation" so we aren't limited on answer size. Or take it to a the sulcata forum and start a thread for everyone's input.
        Aug 15, 2014
    18. Johnny Appleseed
      Johnny Appleseed
      How often, and how much do you feed a leopard tortoise hatchling daily?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I let them eat as much as they want of the right foods with the right enclosure set up.
        Aug 6, 2014
      2. Johnny Appleseed
        Johnny Appleseed
        ok thanks
        Aug 7, 2014
    19. sarahduvon
      sarahduvon
      Hi Tom,
      You were pointed out as someone who may have experience with transporting large sulcata tortoise. I need to get my form CA to SC can you point me in the right direction? Thanks Sarah
      1. Tom
        Tom
        How big?
        Aug 6, 2014
    20. Chloepinedaaa
      Chloepinedaaa
      Hi Tom I'm some what a new tortoise owner and I wasn't sure if I've been feeding my baby sulcata tortoise the right foods and if his shell is growing properly.. When I first got him I fed him romaine lettuce then fed him kale but then I read somewhere that he should only be fed a very little amount of kale. Now I've been feeding him spring mix and dandelion greens. Please help, thank you!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Please check out the threads at the top of the sulcata section. Your diet needs a lot more variety and more high fiber food like weeds and leaves.
        Aug 2, 2014
      2. Chloepinedaaa
        Chloepinedaaa
        Okay thank you so much (:
        Aug 3, 2014
      3. Chloepinedaaa
        Chloepinedaaa
        Okay thank you so much! (:
        Aug 3, 2014
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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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