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  • 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.
    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.
    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!!
    Hi Tom, I am going to build an outdoor enclosure and don't know what substrate is suitable. I live in California so there will be 2,3 days of raining and I don't want to use coco coir because it will be a mess. You suggest the Pathway Bark that can be found in HD near my house but it contains pine and pine is not good for tortoises. I need your advice. Thank you.
    Tom
    Tom
    What sort of outdoor enclosure? I use the native dirt in my outdoor enclosures. No need to add a substrate.

    The pathway bark has worked for me for many years with many species, including lots of hatchlings. It is not harmful in any way.
    Tom, we live in vegas our sulcata has 3.5x8 enclosure the top is covered with clear plexigass we have heat lamp and uvb bulb in enclosure but at night when heat bulb is turned off
    her enclosure temp goes down below 70. Should we get a a special bulb for night heat? Thx in advance Tom you have helped us before
    Tom
    Tom
    Yes. I would add a ceramic heating element set on a thermostat. This will maintain your ambient temps day and night.
    Hi Sir Tom
    I am a beginner of Sulcata owner
    I look a lot of posts from you. I am kind of a fan of your posts.
    can I have some of contract information from you? maybe facebook?
    Also, i hear you live in So Cal also. Is possible I can visited and buy few sulcata baby from you?
    Tom
    Tom
    You can contact me anytime with the "conversation" feature on this forum. I'm not on any social media, except here on TFO. I don't sell baby sulcatas anymore.
    Hello Sir.Tom !
    I have 1 question. I already have bought a powersun UV zoo med on Amazon 2 days ago.
    But morning today, i made it broke.
    I know the Zoo Med have 1 guarantee but about my mistake, so they can accept it. Or i must buy new one. That's expensive for student like me.
    Thanks so much sir !
    Tom
    Tom
    I would just send it to them and ask for a new one. You can call first and ask if you like, but they have a pretty good customer service record.
    Hey Tom, Im almost done with my 4x8 night box based off your design. I was hoping you could point me in the right direction on where i can pick up the vinyl curtain strips? Cheapest I have found is $22 for a single 10 foot strip. 8 inches wide.. I think the 10 ft would give me enough. But was wondering if you had another method of getting it?
    Thanks!
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    Tom
    Tom
    I got mine in a 100 foot roll from a friend who didn't need it anymore. I think $22 isn't too bad if it includes shipping.
    Hey Tom,
    I just got my baby sulcata (Hank) today and I have a few questions.
    What is the best bedding for Sulcatas? I'm currently using (cypress mulch)
    Is timothy hay from petsmart good for him to eat? I've heard conflicting views when it comes to hatchlings.
    What is the best way to prevent pyramiding?

    Thanks a lot Tom!
    How does a basking light need to stay on?All day is what I was told,but is that to much?
    Mandi
    Mandi
    Should that be used along with the UVB light?
    Tom
    Tom
    Generally yes. What type of UV bulb?
    Mandi
    Mandi
    It's a 13 w exo terra brand says tropical uvb on the box
    How do I mark my For Sale post as sold. The 1.2 Russian post is sold.
    Tom
    Tom
    Only a mod can do that for you. Send one of them a message.
    Hi Tom, I need your advice. Is it a big NO to buy a tortoise at petsmart or petco ?? I want to adopt one and they offer cheap price there.
    Thank you
    Tom
    Tom
    It wouldn't be where I would look to get one, but its not something I would tell others not to do. Why not get a healthy, parasite free, well adjusted, well started captive bred baby from a reputable breeder?

    Also, its not an adoption if you are paying a money for it. That would be a sale. You wouldn't be adopting a tortoise from a pet store, you'd be buying one.
    Hi my greek tortoise who is almost a year old (will be one year old in December) has not been pooping lately. He continues to eat regularly and bathe regularly (30 minutes every other day in luke warm water) he tries very hard to get his stool out but always fails. He used to be very active and such but lately he has almost seemed weak. Should I take him to the vet? Please help. I'm very concerned for him. Thank you!
    Tom - I need some of your wisdom please sir... when it comes to night time temp for a baby salcuta what do you recommend?
    Tom
    Tom
    I don't let my sulcata babies drop below 80 at night.
    Hi Tom,

    Sent you a separate message in a "conversation". Had a couple questions...thanks for your wisdom!

    Matt
    Also another question... Sorry. What is the right temp and humidity in a terrarium? I saw so many different things. A lot saying 45-55% for humidity, 70- 80 temp. Not only that but.... They say don't soak. It isn't natural. I'm not trying to come off being mean. Just curios. They say as close to "normal habitat" as possible. Do you agree?
    I found you Tom! I hope your the rite Tom lol. I have 2 tortoises. Ones a hatchling Sulucta. For some reason can't upload the pic! The other I guess is Russian from what the other friends told me. Help me learn this stuff! I'm on a phone so this site is hard to navigate for me.
    Tom
    Tom
    Was I lost?
    Tom I know this area limits response but I want your opinion above all. I think I messed up & sealed my chamber with mold resistant silicone caulk. I let it cure 7 days and there is no smell. Am I killing my hatchlings? They seem fine. I'm scared. I'm wondering if people are just extrapolating from aquarium use and saying not to use it in terrarium set ups. Please help.
    Hi Tom, You seem to be quite the expert so I thought I would ask for some advise. My little one I very recently adopted has sever MBD and I'm doing several things with my vet to try to help the issue, but a new problem I've run up on is that he is not eating very much. At all. I'm offering a variety of grasses, collard greens, mazuri tortoise diet, clover, and He just doesn't seem interested. Suggestions?
    Tom
    Tom
    What age and size? Temps?

    You should take this to a "Conversation" so we aren't limited on answer size. Or take it to a the sulcata forum and start a thread for everyone's input.
    Hi Tom,
    You were pointed out as someone who may have experience with transporting large sulcata tortoise. I need to get my form CA to SC can you point me in the right direction? Thanks Sarah
    Tom
    Tom
    How big?
    Hi Tom I'm some what a new tortoise owner and I wasn't sure if I've been feeding my baby sulcata tortoise the right foods and if his shell is growing properly.. When I first got him I fed him romaine lettuce then fed him kale but then I read somewhere that he should only be fed a very little amount of kale. Now I've been feeding him spring mix and dandelion greens. Please help, thank you!
    Tom
    Tom
    Please check out the threads at the top of the sulcata section. Your diet needs a lot more variety and more high fiber food like weeds and leaves.
    Chloepinedaaa
    Chloepinedaaa
    Okay thank you so much :)
    Chloepinedaaa
    Chloepinedaaa
    Okay thank you so much! :)
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