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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

5 Year Member

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

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Dec 18, 2018 at 6:26 PM
    1. kayjrod10
      kayjrod10
      Hello! Curious if you have some Burmese hatchlings for sale still? Thanks for your response :)
    2. TamraS
      TamraS
      please message me. i am not certain how to start a conversation. thanks!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Hi Tamra. I just sent a reply to your message.
        Jun 6, 2018
    3. jhilliard
      jhilliard
      Tom, I noticed you still have some platynoba hatchlings available. Do you know if you have males? If so, I'd be interested in knowing your price. Please forgive me if there is another more private way got contact you, as I'm new to the forum. Let me know and we can continue our discussion there. Thank you.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I will message you.
        May 18, 2018
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    4. Maggie Cummings
      Maggie Cummings
      I'm afraid he's going to die on me simply because I don't know how to treat him. . Do you have any advice for me? And please don't tell me to call my sister.....we're sort of not getting along. She says I should just let him die, NOT gonna do that until I have done everything I can do. Can you help me?
    5. Maggie Cummings
      Maggie Cummings
      ....I have a 14 yr old CDT with mycoplasma. His nares are closed with something that looks like a scab. I used to soak him and open things up so he could breathe. Then I got some spray benadryl now I have the liquid. He stopped eating last Friday. So now I'm giving him the oral stuff. I can't afford the $72+ for his Vet.
    6. MilotheTort
      MilotheTort
      Hi Tom, my tortoise has really dry skin around his eyes and basically on his whole face. He sleeps a lot too. Does he have a health issue? How do you treat dry skin?
    7. Hugo's Home
      Hugo's Home
      Hey Tom. Wondering if you remember the website to find ground temps.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I don't. US Geological Survey?

        @Markw84 might have it handy...
        Mar 5, 2018
    8. KarenMitchell
      KarenMitchell
      Tom, Im here in SCV the rain popped my fuse. While checking on my radient heater I accidently changed the temp. I thought it was between 76 and 78. Is that the temp correcy for my night box?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I go up to 85 in winter since they don't have any other way to warm up on a cold overcast day.
        Feb 26, 2018
    9. Raymond23
      Raymond23
      hey tom i was wondering i just got my russian tortoise and is it ok to mix repti bark with eco earth loose cocunut an dhe is alway digging in the corner is he trying to get out?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I prefer coco coir for babies and fine orchid bark for older ones. I see no reason or purpose for mixing them, but I also don't think it will hurt anything.

        What size enclosure is it? When they are kept in something too small, this escape behavior is more common. Most of them settle in after a few days in their new territory.
        Feb 25, 2018
      2. Raymond23
        Raymond23
        yea mine 4 inches so like can you mix it for him and my habytat is a tub it a 4x4 feet and the hight is 2 feet
        Feb 26, 2018
    10. Lynn1957
      Lynn1957
      Hi Tom, hoping you can help me out here again For some reason this past week he has refused to eat and literally walks around and around his table all day!
      I soak him in the morning for 10-20 min and then after that the walking starts. At night he goes into his hide as usual. I'm really getting worried and don't know how long he can go without eating or why this behaviour has started?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Hi Lynn. Start a thread on the forum and explain what species and size tortoise we are talking about. Also give the details of the problem and how you are housing and heating and lighting your tortoise.
        Jan 22, 2018
    11. Ezarate
      Ezarate
      Hey Tom I had a quick question. I'm using the ceramic basking heater and combined with the plastic top it stayed a steady 80-85° in the tank. Because this doesn't produce light would it be alright to leave it on at night? that's the only heat source inside of his tank, with it off at night the temp dips to 70°
      1. Ezarate
        Ezarate
        I was also wondering if I should get a second ceramic light in there to keep the temps above 85°
        Jan 7, 2018
      2. Tom
        Tom
        Yes. Leave it on at night. But also get a thermostat to run it for you. I like the Zilla 1000 watt one and they only cost about $30.
        Jan 7, 2018
    12. WIIV
      WIIV
      Thank you!!!
    13. 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
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    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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?
    17. 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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    18. 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
    19. 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
    20. 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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    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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