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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:
Oct 21, 2019 at 8:57 PM
    1. lc044
      lc044
      Hi Tom
      I want your opinion for calcium. It's for a 3-8 months sulcata babies.
      What's your recommends?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        I like to supplement a little pinch of calcium twice a week for babies. If you are feeding mostly grocery store foods, then I'd bump it up to 3 times a week.
        May 27, 2015
      2. lc044
        lc044
        I start to follow your suggestion to diet with Orchard Grass Hay (mix with mazuri)


        which brand of the calcium you recommends?
        May 28, 2015
      3. Tom
        Tom
        May 28, 2015
    2. RandYGee
      RandYGee
      Tom I recently purchased a pair of Leo's that's 6 months old how long should I wait to put them in the same enclosure as my 10 month old ?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        There are many variables to consider. If you trust the source and all looks good, then 3-4 months should be good. Watch for growth during the quarantine period. Growth is usually a good sign.
        May 20, 2015
    3. stoltetortoise261
      stoltetortoise261
      TOM I HOPE I HAVE THE RIGHT TOM. I HAVE A FRIEND ON FACEBOK THAT TOLD ME TO CONTACT YOU. RODNEY PETTWAY. SAID YOU HAVE OR KNOW SOMEONE WITH A LARGE MALE SULCATA, FOR SALE
      PLEASE CONTACT ME
    4. Sam chang
      Sam chang
      Tom, I have seen your article and pics from "the tortoises species" I am just wondering where you bought the leoaprds like "Geochelone pardalis pardalis". May I buy some from you? I live in Los Angeles area. Anyways, I am super admire you adn to be proud of knowing you here, Thank you, Tom!
    5. Sam chang
      Sam chang
      Also, Mr. Tom, I will have a vision cage for my leopards, do you think that works or not? Also, would you reccoment a brand for uvb tube and how about zoomed spot uva light?
    6. Sam chang
      Sam chang
      Hello, Tom, I am sorry to get back to you so late. The breeder looks like so professional, she also studys something from your article, I think that she should know how to keep hatchlings. When I bought them, they were good, but just after one month, all of their shells are soft. How to treat them?
    7. Sam chang
      Sam chang
      Hello, Mr. Tom.i bought four leopard babies one month ago. I use everything as your article which you posted.But their shells are still getting soft, sometimes they still eat, get into the water dish. BUT the breeder said they are going to be died sooner or later for sure. I want to know if I will put them to get more sunshine, is there a possibility to survive them? thank you so much!
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Apr 23, 2015
    8. astock64
      astock64
      lately our sulcata's urine is white and chalky, is this urates? lately she has been grazing grass in the yard,supplemented with endive and some dandalion, is this a bad sign?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Not necessarily a bad sign. Where are you? Its been hot and dry here in SoCal lately. More soaks would likely help with this issue. I'd soak a small one every day, and if yours is larger, I'd soak every other day for a couple of weeks or more.
        Mar 23, 2015
      2. astock64
        astock64
        thx tom will do some soaking we are in vegas lawn growing now we water every other day right now
        Mar 24, 2015
    9. paludarium
      paludarium
      Hi, Tom. May I get the permission to translate your post "Hatchling Failure Syndrome" into Chinese and post it on my website www.paludarium.net? Thanks.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Yes. I hope we can help some Chinese tortoises too.
        Feb 26, 2015
    10. RandYGee
      RandYGee
      Hey Tom I have a question can I put a small humidifier inside my 9 month old Leo tort box to raise the humidity without causing any damage to him. Today I cut a small piece of plexiglass to cover the top , but it's mot 100% covered . The bedding is moss and I spray that down regularly and the humidity level is around 50% give or take . Thanks your your input Randy
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Feb 22, 2015
    11. pebbles
      pebbles
      Hi, Tom do you have any advice for me about a proper outdoor enclosure for a Sulcata Tortoise in California weather? (I'm also currently going through your old posts as well!) Thanks.
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      4. pebbles
        pebbles
        Thank you, Tom! I appreciate it.
        Mar 29, 2015
    12. Thomapher
      Thomapher
      Hi Tom, I have a question.
      My Sulcata (Hank) is not eating very much and is losing weight. I'm very concerned and am not sure what to do.
      He has everything I was told a baby sulcata needs to thrive but has dropped from 45 grams to 37 grams.
      I am going to call the vet tomorrow and see if there is anything they can do. any advice?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Start a thread or a conversation and let me know all the details of how you are housing your baby.
        Jan 30, 2015
    13. Opie
      Opie
      Hi Tom. I'm ready to get the name of that breeder you told me about near the New Orleans area.
      1. Opie
        Opie
        Tom, I spoke with you back in November when my tortoise was ill. You told me you would give me the name of the breeder in the New Orleans area. I would like to speak with her. Is there anyway you can give me her name and number? Thank you
        Feb 10, 2015
    14. ShannonH
      ShannonH
      Hi Tom! I have read everything you have posted on Sulcata's. I would really like to talk to you if possible? I have 2 Sulcata's. The first one I got from BackWater reptiles...
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Click on my avatar on any of my posts, and then click on "Start a Conversation" when the little black box pops up.
        Jan 10, 2015
    15. saukee9
      saukee9
      Hi Tom!! I have a baby Russian that just popped his head out of the egg today! Our first!! Do you have a hatchlings care sheet for them? Thank You!
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      4. saukee9
        saukee9
        Thank you so much!!!!! I am beyond excited!!!
        Jan 7, 2015
      5. saukee9
        saukee9
        How do you keep the plastic shoebox warm? With regular lighting and keep the lid off?
        Jan 7, 2015
    16. Rhonda Matteson
      Rhonda Matteson
      Hi Tom,
      I am interesting in your husbandry for your Sulcata named Daisy. Thank you
    17. holly smith
      holly smith
      hi Tom, i got two just over 1 year old hermann tortoises i was wondering what you would suggest for food, the man I bought them from said dark green leaves but i wanted to know your opinion because I don't want to feed them the wrong things. and I've seen you know a lot, thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon :)
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Dec 26, 2014
    18. alanaZ
      alanaZ
      Hello Tom, Im new to the forum and have concern for my leopard tort. hes approx 4 yrs old and has had loose stool in his last few bowel movements. I don't know how to work the forum so I thought id ask a member for help identifying the issue. I don't have a vet local thats very knowledgeable on leopard torts. Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from u soon :)
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Could be a diet change. Has the diet changed with the onset of winter? What are you feeding?
        Dec 16, 2014
    19. astock64
      astock64
      Tom,per your suggestion I bought ceramic heater with timer but, I also bought a power sun 100w combo heat Iva,uvb it is 12in from bottom of enclosed turtle table basking temp hits 110 too hot right?
      1. Tom
        Tom
        Light bulbs need a timer. CHEs need a thermostat. 12 inches is too close and yes, 110 is too hot.
        Dec 11, 2014
    20. saukee9
      saukee9
      Hi Tom! My baby Sulcata is doing good! His tortoise box (I bought the one from ZooMed) is wonderful. However, I have seen a couple of little flying bugs in his run. Now understand, I am a very clean person and I can assure you that our home is very clean. I don't know what the cause is or how to get rid of them. i can't use pesticides as I would think that would be bad for Silas.
      1. Tom
        Tom
        The Zoomed boxes are not a suitable baby enclosure for a sulcata unless the whole room is warm and humid.

        The bugs come from the environment and are harmless. The only safe way to get rid of them is to boil, bake, or replace your substrate every week or two. Personally, I just ignore them.
        Dec 10, 2014
      2. saukee9
        saukee9
        I have the night and day lights on the screen with foil over the top. I spray mist the enclosure a couple of times a day. It stays 80% humid and 90-100 degrees. So the bugs won't hurt Silas? he has grown from 53 grams to 65 grams in two weeks! I am so happy!!
        Dec 10, 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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