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  • Do you know any reputable people to purchase leopards from around the Georgia/Florida area?
    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
    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.
    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?
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Tom
    Tom
    Are you getting adults?
    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!
    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.
    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...
    Hi Tom, as a new member I just wanted to thank you for your invaluable advice. I have plans to purchase my first Leopard tortoise this summer and it's important for me to research and learn how to provide an environment wherein my tortoise will thrive. I have purchased many books but I must say I have learned more by reading your threads than I have collectively in these outdate texts. I cannot thank you enough!
    This site won't let me post pics anymore saying there is an issue with the server. And I don't know how to start a thread
    Hey tom. My name is Paul and I'm in a bit of a bind. I have two sulcatas, one 10 months old 305 grams and the other 6 months old 126 grams, they are in a 55 gal tank, custom lid to keep humidity in. Humidity is 80-90% temps are 90-100, bout 110 basking area, tank has Cypress mulch, heat bulbs, and a night heat lamp. I soak them every day for 25 mins, my issue is that there still pyramiding. What Can i do?
    Paul M Jones
    Paul M Jones
    I wrote a lot more but it wouldn't let me post all of it, I'd post pictures but for some reason the site won't let me.
    Tom
    Tom
    Hi Paul. You should post this along with your pics as a regular thread on the forum.
    Tom, I see that your closed enclosures house multiple baby tortoise. What size would be Ideal for just 1 Russian baby tortoise? And for how long before going to a 4X8 enclosure.Thanks of your time
    Tom
    Tom
    Ideal for a single baby? Hmmm… I'd say a 40 or 60 gallon tank would be good. 18x36 or 18 x48 inches.

    I would go to 4x8 feet once the tortoise reaches 3-4".
    Tom, I am working on my night box for my 2 year old sulcata. I am in AZ on the out scerts of the vally where it gets to about 30 at night. I know your suggestion on the oil heater but was wondering if you can help on one I want to buy (size, style, price, ect..)
    Tom. I posted a new thread wanting discussion on my old ways of keeping my tortoise house - not a warm as you do. I especially would love to hear your comments on this. I have really come to respect what you have done and what you have to offer. And a real personal THANK YOU for the experiment on humidity that helped so much.
    Tom
    Tom
    The respect is mutual my friend. I already saw your thread and was typing up a reply as you left this message. I'll see you back over on your thread!
    I'm new to the site, have been reading a lot of your info on raising baby Russians. Assuming a group of babies are getting along without incident-when do you recommend breaking them up and housing separately?
    Tom
    Tom
    When they cease to get along. Mine are all still fine going into their third year together. When they come out of hibernation this year, I will be watching very closely.
    tom what are the best things to plant in a russian tortoise outdoor enclosure so i can plant before i get one
    Tom
    Tom
    Geraniums might survive. Cape honeysuckle and hibiscus won't survive. You can grow African hibiscus every spring, but it will die at the first fall frost. I just grow new ones avery year. Certain cactus varieties will survive there too.
    gamera154
    gamera154
    ok good heres what i have growing right now alo vera, chia, sweet basil(i saw the sprouts today),we also have rose plants (no bug killers or growth hormones used becuase of the abundance of afids every spring) oh and are green peppers safe for torts
    Tom
    Tom
    Occasional small amounts of any color bell pepper are fine.
    Tom, need advice my tortoise that's 6 months old has gotten bit by a dog that got in yard. His has a small hole in shall.
    Tom
    Tom
    I would have an experienced reptile vet check it, but in the mean time use the same wound treatment techniques that you would use for your self. Clean it once with beta dine or hydrogen peroxide, and then keep some triple anti-biotic on it.
    hey Tom, why is sand not a recommended substrate?
    Tom
    Tom
    Its a big impaction risk. It sticks to the food and tortoises swallow it. The sand can collect in their gut and over time, it can cause a blockage. Many tortoises have died because of this, and many tortoises have had to have their plastrons literally sawed open and their guts cut open to remove sand impaction blockages. Its awful and easily preventable.
    Tom
    Tom
    In addition to the above, sand is also a potential skin and eye irritant. I've seen many cases of eye infections with tortoises on sand, or sand mix substrates.
    We are in Nevada too cold for our sulcada to grace outside much does anybody grow grass inside and how, grow lights?
    Tom
    Tom
    Do a search for Prairie Mom's and Odin's Grandma's posts. Both of them have posted lots about this recently.
    Tom, may I get the permission to translate your post "2015 Growth Experiment" into Chinese and post the article with the pictures on my website www.paludarium.net ? Thank you.
    Tom
    Tom
    Yes. Please feel free. I've got one more final post to do with pics and weights demonstrating the results. You might want to wait for that. I'm trying to find the time to get it done.
    paludarium
    paludarium
    Thank you so much. I can't wait to see the result.
    Tom, lately our sulcata has begun to make a loud squeaking or squealing sound, loud enough to hear beyond a closed door appettite and other functions appear normal, no visiable injuries. Any thoughts or just normal Thx Art
    Tom
    Tom
    What size and age? How often do you soak? What do you feed? Is it having regular bowel movements?
    A
    astock64
    about two pounds prob 6 yrs old we acquired her about 3 yrs ago( I reported her situation in earlier posts) in our care she has a proper habitat, and grazes in the lawn and i grow a mixed blend of grasses, bowel movements normal has grown steadily in our care
    Tom
    Tom
    Noises are usually a respiratory infection starting or constipation. Does the tortoise live outside? Where? How are you heating it? How often do you soak?

    We would have more room to discuss if you put this question on a thread in the sulcata section.
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