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Hello Tom. I have a quick question about enclosure temps for 18 mo sulcata. Should I be monitoring the air temp or the surface temps? Noticed that air temps have been several degrees cooler than surf temps taken with calibrated IR therm (ex: today, CHE temp controllers were reading low 80s but surface and tort shell temp showed low 90s). I don't want to "slow bake" my tort.
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Tom
Air temps in a closed chamber is what you want to look at. I don't find surface temps to be as useful. Surface temp of the carapace is interesting to look at to see what a tortoise is doing while basking, but the basking temp should already be verified safe at tortoise shell height.
When Stump is in the box, he comes out to eat only and them goes back. It keeps the food fresh and out of the substrate, any urine, etc. Also, with cypress mulch you can rinse, dry in the sun and reuse.
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Fire_bug80
Was he my torts size when you got he/she?
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ryan57
I'll post in the thread. March 21st of this year. 702grams this evening.
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Fire_bug80
So you think with the humidity and and temp he will grow like yours?
Personalities... I am seriously considering starting a forum where these downers will not be allowed to exist. Again, it's not rocket science. Look at Stump's shell. Right.
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ryan57
I've noticed in the yard they appreciate eating at their level and the resistance of leaves being on the stalk makes it easy for them to eat.
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Fire_bug80
So the mazuri is the most important
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ryan57
By far. It has the most calories and for year one there is to be a bit more protein in the diet according to Mazuri. I called them. They said LS small tortoise for the first year and then regular LS.
Stump eats his 1/2 to 1 body size in greens per day in addition to the Mazuri soaked for 10 minutes in hot water and drained every morning. Eats grass and weeds from the yard now and walks for over 1/4 mile when he goes on an expedition for bird poop and dry worms. s/he should be called a turdoise. Turds are a passion.
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Fire_bug80
I feed Romaine with the Mazuri rotating with grass from my yard
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I posted the photos in the thread because you can't here.

Here's the real info... pick up Mazuri LS small tortoise for the first year and then Mazuri LS beyond year one.
chopped greens, pick up some cuttlebone for $5 on amazon and lots of exercise and natural sunshine if you can. As you can see stump has no pyramiding thanks to Tom and the humidity. The key is enough food.
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Dred
Dred
Thanks! I'm hoping to get ideas and/or advice about the 2 Ornate Tortoises in my back yard.
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LeeB60
The people on here are very knowledgeable a want to help. Until I found this site I was doing everything wrong. I still have alot to learn and this is the place to do it. Good luck.
Hi Tom, I have been reading on here and you give out a lot of great information. I was wondering if you set up affiliate links anywhere so people can order what you order. At the same time you can get a kick back?
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Tom
Nah. I've considered doing YT videos with all this info if I had a fried that lived close by that had lots of time, AV equipment and editing skills, but I don't.
Live in south fla and have indoor and outdoor habitats 80+ degrees now with 68% humidity outside and use indoor habitat at night
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