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  • Hey Tom! Just wondering where you think I should purchase a baby Russian tortoise from.
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    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
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    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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    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
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    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
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    None here, and they are a great tortoise for anyone, anytime.
    Hello, do you have any of your leopard tortoises for sale?
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    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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    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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    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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    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!)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    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?
    Hey Tom, my torts are approaching a year old in may and 1 is 250 grams, another is 222 grams and the third is 140. Each are in there own closed chamber enclosure. They have minimal pyramiding that I have put a stop to. I’m worried they are growing to fast. They are completely healthy and happy little torts all from the same clutch. They are Greeks.

    Cheers Tom
    Do you breed Indian Stars Tom? If not can you recommend a reputable breeder who does? Thank you!
    Hi Tom! Torti is a 1yr 9m old sulcata. He began having swollen eyes and difficulty breathing. Vet trip and XR revealed pneumonia. He is on ceftazidime now. He is eating well and has good energy but still has the original symptoms. I am keeping his habitat at 30-50% humidity an temps 80-96F. 2 soaks a day. Can I do anything else to help him?! I haven't purchased vitamins or calcium supplements--should I?
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    That all sounds good. I'd keep the whole enclosures 85 or more 24/7 and bump up humidity. Closed chamber or open top?

    Start a thread so we can converse. I have more questions that won't fit here.
    Tom, another member said you are a falconer too. I’m currently breeding peregrines. Just transferred my passage Goshawk so I don’t have a hunting bird currently. Pouring my animal husbandry into my new baby sulcata! Thanks for your long thread on keeping the babies wet. I think in the three months I’ve had mine that it’s gotten smoother.
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    Glad to meet you! I left a greeting message on your intro post.
    Hi @Tom, Do you have any SA leo babies/juveniles available? I lost mine who was 5 years last summer and we're finally ready again. I did the necropsy as you recommended. He was accidentally poisoned while we were gone which was heartbreaking but we're finally ready. Thanks so much. He was a SA leopard that was super outgoing and friendly and was a part of our family. I'm not sure how to DM I'm sorry.
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    So sorry to hear this. They really are super cool tortoises. I will have lots of babies at the end of summer. They hatch best if left in the ground here, so they only hatch once a year at the tail end of the summer after ground temps have been warm for a few months. I estimate 180 eggs in the ground right now.
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    Thank you! If any older ones become available or you know anyone reputable person who might have something good for our family before that time please let me know. In the meantime I'll put my order in for a new Animal Plastics enclosure per your specs :)
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