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Tom
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Tom

The Dog Trainer, Male, from Southern California

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    1. astock64
      astock64
      tom, I am getting ready to build a year round outdoor enclosure for our sulcata but no matter how hard i search i can never find your texts detailing a couple you built guess I dont know how can you direct me? Thx Art
      1. Tom
    2. Alex Madden-Beatley
      Alex Madden-Beatley
      I just got a hatchling and it seems very healthy(clear eyes, shell is not soft)Would you recommend investing in a humidifier? Right now, my tortoise (Olive) is in an open enclosure with cypress mulch. I have been wetting the mulch frequently, soaking the wood log hideout, and soaking Olive twice a day in water to help. When I first got Olive, it was very active exploring the cage, now not so much. Is this normal?
      1. Alex Madden-Beatley
        Alex Madden-Beatley
        I live in Denver, so trying to keep the humidity up is really hard. it stays around 60, but I want to get it up to 80
        Jun 9, 2016
      2. Tom
        Tom
        I answered this in your question on my thread. You should get an "Alert" soon. Just click on it and it will take you to the answer. It would be best to start a new thread on this in the general discussion or sulcata sections.
        Jun 9, 2016
    3. AbeCabot
      AbeCabot
      I'm looking to buy a young Russian tortoise, and would like to know how much the total cost (including shipping to 07740) would be for only a hatchling, or only a CB three year old. Thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Contact Tyler and Sarah at tortoisesupply.com
        Jun 9, 2016
    4. Luke leith
      Luke leith
      I really need help with my baby sucalta tortoise tank is a 37 gallon glass tank ok with Eco earth and a zoo med powers in 100 watt bulb I can't get humidity to come up right now he is only in a 18x18x8-12
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Is the top open?

        If yes, you need a closed chamber.
        May 13, 2016
      2. Luke leith
        Luke leith
        I don't know how to close the top
        May 15, 2016
      3. Tom
        Tom
        You can either buy or build something, or you can simply put something over the top. Yvonne uses foil. There are lots of ideas for this in the enclosure section.
        May 15, 2016
    5. astock64
      astock64
      Tom, recently our female sulcata has had a urine discharge that is thick syrupy like with some white in it everything else normal
      1. astock64
        astock64
        Tom, do you have any opinion on above concern? Thx to you and others I,m confident diet and environment are good
        May 11, 2016
      2. Tom
        Tom
        There are many variables and details to consider here. Best to start a thread on this so we have the room to ask questions and you can get more help.
        May 11, 2016
    6. Kkeelboat
      Kkeelboat
      Hi Tom. I love how active you are on here and how knowledgable you are. I am looking to build an enclosure for my one year old sulcata. Could you point me in the right direction of where I could see your setups?
      1. Tom
    7. turtlewax
      turtlewax
      Hi Tom I have noticed that you like to use Western Organic Pathway Bark. Do you know the wood composition for this product? Im planning on using it for a sulcata and I heard pine is toxic for them. I cant seem to find this companies website to ensure that it is not pine. I am currently using orchid bark as substrate but want to find something cheaper.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I don't know, but whatever it is is fine. I've been using it in closed chambers and growing babies into adults on it for years with no problems.

        Orchid bark can be found in bulk pretty cheap at a nursery. I pay about $10 for a 2.0 cubic foot bag. The pet stores are tremendously over priced.
        Apr 13, 2016
      2. turtlewax
        turtlewax
        Thanks I appreciate the knowledge!
        Apr 13, 2016
    8. KatyshaB
      KatyshaB
    9. KatyshaB
      KatyshaB
      Hi tom! I've seen your around. I'm currently breeding my pair of Russian torts and would like you opinion on incubators/care, I have read many books and websites about this topic, but you clearly know what your doing and I would like a second opinion. Sorry for troubling you! And thanks!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Apr 6, 2016
      2. Tom
        Tom
        One big difference is that most breeders use dry media to incubate russians and maintain humidity with water tubs in the incubator next to the tub of russian eggs. I don't have a lot of russian breeding experience, so contact Carol S, kanalomele, or biochemnerd808 for more specific advice.
        Apr 6, 2016
    10. Elyce
      Elyce
      Hi Tom, Im a new member. Already posted on a thread but also saw your in Southern Cali. I thought it was funny you have dog trainer as your main description on a tortoise forum. I actually watched a video on training tortoises. Im a believer. Probably will try with a clicker and treats even if it takes years. Either way hi.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Hello and welcome.
        Mar 12, 2016
    11. Jaimy Miller
      Jaimy Miller
      13 lb. Been having some diarrhea. He lives outside during the day on one acre with plenty of grasses. Since the diarrhea has started this is his diet 99%. For the poop...sometimes its good; solid, grassy, brown. Several times a week its totally watery, slimey, brown liquid. Other times yet, its both, like yesterday, liquid, solid, then back to liquid all in the same poop. Fecal sample came back normal
      1. Tom
        Tom
        If you make a new thread it will be easier to post pics.
        Mar 10, 2016
    12. Jaimy Miller
      Jaimy Miller
      Hi Tom, I'd like to send you some pictures of my sully so I could get your opinion on his pyramiding (or lack there of) but I'm not sure how...also I posted the following on as old thread but was hoping to get your opinion
    13. Shawn Ho
      Shawn Ho
      Hi Tom, do you have pure gpp for sale? I am in Southern California :)
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I do not. Hopefully in about another year I will. I have a friend who has some for sale though. Send me your contact info in a "Conversation" and I will forward it to him.
        Mar 8, 2016
    14. awesomecs
      awesomecs
      I saw your tortoise vid on YouTube unless it wasn't you It was a tortoise forum vid
    15. Borgijo
      Borgijo
      Do you know any reputable people to purchase leopards from around the Georgia/Florida area?
    16. Jimmy Sanchezpadilla
      Jimmy Sanchezpadilla
      Hello new member here I just wanted to ask why is my baby leopard tortoise eating and more active at night time then any other time
      1. Tom
        Tom
        It would be best to start a thread on the open forum about this. When you do let us know what heating and lighting equipment you are using day and night and what your four temps are.
        Feb 19, 2016
    17. Markw84
      Markw84
      I am getting 3 or 4 that are 5"-6" so I'm guessing a few years away from breeding? What size would you say they mature? Are you recommending against an outside enclosure for them? How big is your indoor enclosure for yours & how many?
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      2. Markw84
        Markw84
        I know I will be. I am very excited. I had a picture of Platynota on my office wall back in the early 90's as the species I hoped to end up with one day!
        Feb 18, 2016
      3. Tom
        Tom
        I didn't even know what they were in the early 90's. I only knew of the Sri Lankans and Indians back then. I've been told most of the current breeding stock of this species came into the states in the late 90's.
        Feb 18, 2016
      4. Markw84
        Markw84
        Maybe it was Sri Lankans I was reading about, but the picture sure seemed like Burmese = six rays. Anyway, a dream coming true.
        Feb 18, 2016
    18. Markw84
      Markw84
      Also making a new night box for the outdoor enclosure. I see yours are bare wood bottom as no substrate goes on the kane mat. So do they need a humid night box? do you do anything for humidity for your Burmese in an outdoor night hide?

      Thank you again, and I look forward to comparing notes as we both do more with this great species.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I don't keep my Bermese outside. They are locked up in the house and literally under guard by two bite trained malinois as well as an over-protective owner who also bites.

        My other torts get some dirt on the floors in the houses with Kane mats. This makes clean up much easier.
        Feb 17, 2016
      2. Tom
        Tom
        Are you getting adults?
        Feb 17, 2016
    19. Markw84
      Markw84
      I am making a 3x8 chamber for them The last one I built, I put in a vent on either side, copying your 2015 experiment. Do you find that vent is necessary? I am concerned the enclosure will get too hot in the summer months, so what do you do to keep yours cooler. With a 65 watt backing light and tube fluorescent in my babies' 3x4 enclosure - it already gets to the max I like and its still the end of winter!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I use a lower wattage bulb, and I did open those vents during this hot spell, but now I have to use a lot more water to keep humidity up.
        Feb 17, 2016
    20. Markw84
      Markw84
      Tom Thank you for the referral to James. I will be getting a small group of Platynota next week from him. I do have a few questions to ensure I'm setting them up correctly. I guess I need to split it up as I am limited to 420 characters...
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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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    Sulcatas, Stars, and South African Leopards.
    Lacking in diplomacy, but has good tortoise intentions.