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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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

Tom was last seen:
Apr 25, 2019 at 6:41 AM
    1. RV's mom
      RV's mom
      greetings from phoenix Tom! RV sends her regards...
      1. Tom
        Tom
        How is that beautiful girl? We need some updated pics!
        May 28, 2014
    2. SULCATANEWBIE
      SULCATANEWBIE
      Help! PLease? I heard my baby sulcata chirp twice. I dont know whats wrong! Is he sick?
      1. Tom
    3. Jennica
      Jennica
      Can you please give me specifics on how to get humidity levels correct for a baby sulcata in a 50 gallon aquarium that my boyfriend insists i use? Very new owner and want to do this right.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Not really. I have never found a suitable way to get it done with and open topped tank like that. Having the lights above and outside creates a chimney effect which draws all your warm moist air up and out of your enclosure. You need to buy or build a closed chamber to do it right. Its really easy once your lights and heating elements are all inside.
        May 19, 2014
      2. Tom
        May 19, 2014
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Also, a 50 is only going to last a month or two before its too small. Might as well get something bigger and better early on.
        May 19, 2014
    4. jill
      jill
      Should I give them bath? or soakings? They are desert tortoises?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        May 2, 2014
    5. jill
      jill
      Tom, I have two 8 year old tortoises that I have had since they were hatch-lings. I don't really know how much to feed them and what. I usually give them about a head of romaine or the equivalent of mixed baby lettuces or kale and spinach that I buy in a box at Sams. I would like to plant some food so they could forage at will but I don't know where or what to get.l
    6. african cake queen
      african cake queen
      hi tom,its been awhile. hope all is well with you and the family. my named was momo, now african cake queen. took long time to get back on. was wonding if you still kept a few cakes still? you know about baby ihop, it turned 1 yr. feb. 14 2013- i am now waiting on 3 fertile cake eggs, one ready anytime. just wanted to say hi , and see if you kept the cakes. lindy
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Hello ACQ! I bought the five cakes for my buddy as a housewarming gift and he still has all of them and they are doing great. They are nearing maturity and we are expecting eggs in the next couple of years...

        So happy to hear about IHOP! You successfully brought a new pancake into the world! That is AWESOME!
        Apr 30, 2014
    7. ALDABRAMAN
      ALDABRAMAN
      One of the most knowledgeable and generous members of TFO!
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    8. noles82
      noles82
      Tom, I have a three + year old Hermanns and was wondering if soakings are still needed and if so, how often would you recommend.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Is this how I answer this? Sorry. I don't know how the forum works anymore. The answer depends on many factors. I would soak twice a week. This will insure that your tortoise is hydrated, and it will do no harm if your tortoise doesn't "need" it.
        Apr 15, 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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