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  • Do you have any Sulcata ...young for sale...I don't have your phone number... mine
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    Hi Maggie. They lay eggs this time of year, usually starting in January. I won't have any babies for about 4 months.
    Hi,Tom,I read many post about diapause of Burmese tortoise eggs,but still confused....Can u teach how to setup for these eggs(Just have 9 eggs...)
    @Tom I have a sulcata 4 years old and I need to make a winter home. Any recommendations? Tight now he is longing in this and has to be covered since we have hawks but I would like to attach something that he can go in for winter
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    New to this don’t know how to post picture
    Tom
    Tom
    Make a thread on the forum. You can post pics there, and explain where you live and what size tortoise we are talking about.
    Hi Tom,
    I'd like to see your night boxes. You put a link that shows tinypics to access your pictures but they shut down on September 2019. Did you save them?
    i'd appreciate if you can post them again as well as the outside enclosure you did.
    TIA
    Zuki
    Zuki
    Nice!!!
    Thank you
    mullisjr
    mullisjr
    I'm building my box tomorrow with your plans. I've looked all around and the 1.5" foam board isn't available in my area. Do you think that the .5" would suffice?
    Tom
    Tom
    They sell it at every Home Depot and Lowes. .5 inch won't work. The 2x4 framing is 1.5 inches thick, so the 1.5 inch rigid foam fills that gap perfectly. You could buy triple the sheets of .5 and make it three layers as you go. I'd order it if your local stores are out of it.
    Hi Tom. Just wanted to give you a heads up tinypic announces they were no more hosting which I've noticed messes up a lot of post. Your heat box threads super helpful all need updated photos, idk maybe a moderator can upload it or something.. not sure I'd another good photo just too as I use tiny pic myself. Such a pain In the butt

    Kyle
    Hi Tom. Last weekend, I saw the pictures of the outside enclosure you built with the bricks and wood. Is there any chance you can post the pictures again. They have disappeared and I would love to build this :)
    Hey Tom! Just wondering where you think I should purchase a baby Russian tortoise from.
    Tom
    Tom
    Many good sellers here. I have personally bought from @Carol S and from @kanalomele and highly recommend both.
    And I will get a PVC enclosure like you've mentioned bc it's the best for humidity and ambient temp, which you've said and also that maintaining them are v important factors to minimize pyramiding. Do your leopards have minimal pyramiding from living in such conditions? So many leopards I've seen on the web all have bad/lots of pyramiding, and I wanna do everything I can do minimize pyramiding on my leopard. Thanks
    Tom
    Tom
    Yes, the closed chambers minimize pyramiding.

    Soil is not a good substrate choice. You can't know what composted material it is made of and it could be something toxic. It also turns to mud when wet and gets very messy.
    Hi Tom, I am building a new enclosure for my sulcata. Buliding it 8 foot by 30 inch wide. How tall should it be? Going to put the t5 lights in it. How many do I need and what length do I need? Thanks.
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    Tom
    I'd go at least 18" tall and up to 30" tall inside. There are many ways to do lighting. I'd use LED for daylight all day, and one HO bulb for UVB. Length of the UV bulb doesn't really matter. 22" would be fine, and I like to run these for only 3-4 hours mid day to simulate the UV spike that happens outside in the middle of the day.
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    I have a ho t5 light in the enclosure I have now. I have it on for 12 hrs a day it is 22 inch. Should I not have it on for that length of time? Also in the new enclosure you mentioned led lights for daylight. Do I not need a incandescent flood light for basking? Thanks
    Tom
    Tom
    Not enough room to answer here. PM sent.
    Hey Tom do you have any pancake torts, also do you think they are a good “2nd” tortoise
    Tom
    Tom
    None here, and they are a great tortoise for anyone, anytime.
    Hello, do you have any of your leopard tortoises for sale?
    Tom
    Tom
    The South Africans are very seasonal. I will have a bunch of them hatching in late September.
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    What do you sell your babies for?
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    Tom
    Hatchling South Africans sell for $300 each. I do volume discounts for lots of 6 or 10.
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    Hi there tom! I was wondering how to get ahold of you? Thanks! I have a few questions.
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    Tom
    Send me a private message. AKA "conversation".
    Hey Tom interseted in one of your Burmese Stars if you have any left. Preferably a female, I know not for sure but I’ve read how females might grow slower but let me know. Thanks for your time. Nick
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    Tom
    I've got some left. I'll message you.
    Hi Tom,
    I just wanted to simply let you know that I greatly appreciate you and several others on here and value and respect your suggestions and information. I have 5 sulcatas ages 20 yrs to 9mos, 3 aldabras, and 2 radiated babies.
    You are a true blessing to this website and I just simply wanted to tell you that. Thanks for all you do for us on the TFO (and for the torts!)
    Tom
    Tom
    Thank you.
    Hey Tom,
    I need some help on what type of grass seed I need to plant in pots for baby sulcata. Will Kentucky 31, fescue, and the blends of grass with rye grass work? Thanks.
    Tom
    Tom
    I wouldn't buy anything from a hardware store. Its treated with all sorts of wired stuff. Get grass seed that is meant for horse pastures. I like the one from Tyler at tortoisesupply and the ones form grow organic.com.
    Hello, I came across your forum postings today when doing research because my grandma bought herself a young Russian Tortoise. I'm researching what a good enclosure for him would be. Most people say turtle tables, but you say vivariums/closed habitats. Could you elaborate? Thanks in advance.
    Tom
    Tom
    What size Russian?

    There isn't much room to answer questions in profile comments. Will you start a thread so we can converse more thoroughly?
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    huyct
    I'll try to figure out how. I'm assuming I can tag you on it.
    I read mistakes forum. What important things TO DO for russian tort 4 inches?
    I live in utah & want to build outdoor enclosure but weather changes quick. What is too cold?
    He will only eat romaine (no weeds, veggies, etc). Should I soak grass pellets & mix with food?
    INdoor enclosure: I want to build a big wood enclosure but worry wood will get damp & stink.
    And Best substrate?
    Heat lamp off at night? Ideal temps?
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