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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

Tom was last seen:
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    1. Zackius
      Zackius
      Thanks Tom.. Also, for the doors, instead of using glass that slides along a track..I thought I remember in one of your threads you said that the next one you built you would use an insulated type sliding window you would order from Lowes...is that correct?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Yes, but that isn't as easy as I thought it would be. Get the window first and build the box around the window. There are lots of limitations on the size of the window you can get.
        Nov 8, 2016
    2. Zackius
      Zackius
      Hey Tom.. I am building a humid enclosure chamber based on the 8' x 4' one that you have built. My question is I will have 6 light fixtures going inside the enclosure. How do you run the electrical wires to the inside of the plywood enclosure? Thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I use a hole saw and make hole in the back or sides. After running the cords through, I stuff the hole with closed cell foam pieces, like from a kid's pool noodle.
        Nov 7, 2016
    3. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Tom, How are the SA Leopard eggs doing? Did any Hatch? Please email [email protected] Thanks
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Nothing yet. Checking them daily. The girls are still laying. Got another nest today.
        Oct 25, 2016
    4. Kennedies
      Kennedies
      Hi Tom,
      Last fall I was unaware of temperatures needing to be lowered when hibernating so I simply let my Russian tortoise empty his belly, soaked him and when he quit coming out of his room just turned his lamp off until he woke up 10-12 weeks later. Is it ok to just let him hibernate in his room under his subtrate at the 70 degrees I keep my home at? He seemed healthy when he awoke last year after hibernating.
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      2. Kennedies
        Kennedies
        Ok, I would hate to do anything that might bring him harm. Any links or sights you might recommend so that I can hibernate him safely? I do not believe keeping him awake is an option, our relationship is on thin ice as it is
        Oct 6, 2016
      3. Tom
        Tom
        Oct 6, 2016
      4. Kennedies
        Kennedies
        Very helpful, thank you. I am incredibly nervous about this. Temperatures get low here and sometimes below freezing I am concerned that in my garage, even in a shoe box with substrate, he might freeze! Or like you mentioned, wake up on those odd warm days. Although last year in his box I don't remember him waking up at all.
        Oct 6, 2016
    5. RIO'S MOM
      RIO'S MOM
      Thanks, Tom, for the substrate thoughts.
    6. Laura1412
      Laura1412
      Hi tom what is the best substrate I can use for my horse field tortoise I replied to your other feed which u asked me wen u are free will u be able to give me so help and advice please
    7. Titan davis
      Titan davis
      Hi there! A little over 5 months ago i bought a (pardalis babcocki) leopard tortoise from underground reptiles. They said he would be about 3 inches but he was barely an inch when i recieved him. But now im starting to get worried because he is almost half a year old and is only maybe 3 inches at most.I just want to make sure i am doing all i can and that he is ok.
      1. Tom
      2. Tom
    8. Christopher Gallagher
      Christopher Gallagher
      Hi Tom, I have recently added Rafa our African Leopard tortoise to the family. Yesterday he came home for the first time. Today however he has been sleeping a lot, apart from when I woke him to bath him this morning. Is this natural?
      His Viv temp is 92 at the hot end during the day and 72 at night. He is currently on a diet of mixed lettuce leaves and cuttle fish bones.
      Many thanks,
      Chris
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      2. Tom
        Tom
        Yes. That should be about right.
        Jul 29, 2016
      3. Christopher Gallagher
        Christopher Gallagher
        How do I sustain 80 at night without turning on the basking lamp and confusing the tortoise about day v night time?
        Jul 30, 2016
      4. Tom
        Tom
        You know those threads that I took the time to link in my first reply to your post? Read them. If they didn't come up or you can't get the links to open, I'll help.
        Jul 30, 2016
    9. Lincoln Michal
      Lincoln Michal
      Hi Tom, I think I am having problems sending replies to your E mails. I am glad the girls are laying eggs. Whose been laying, Hamburger, V? All your girls are beautiful anyways. My E mail is [email protected] Thanks, Linc
    10. HovaTheTort
      HovaTheTort
      hey tom im looking for ivory sulcata which breeder do you recommend ?
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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
    18. KatyshaB
      KatyshaB
    19. 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
    20. 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
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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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