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Posted by: Nino at Mon Jun 26 09:44:48 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Nino ]  
   

Greetings

I have two pairs of T. lepidus obtained 2 years ago as hatchlings at Hamm terraristik fair in Germany. They are very healthy and practicaly fully grown now (males about 60cm, with huge heads)and I plan to breed them next spring after hybernation. There's only one problem: their coloration is far from beautiful and vibrant greens and blues of their parents. My animals are brownish to olive green, and one female is totaly brown with beige markings on her flanks. Animals have grown in indoor glass terrariums under artificial lightning (combination of reptile 5.0 UVB fluorescent tubes, standard household fluorescent tubes and incandescent bulbs)on mixed diet of crickets, roaches, zoophobas worms, occasional mouse and variety of soft fruit (they particularly like grapes and various berries). All food is regularly supplemented with high quality D3/calcium supplement. I have spoken with several breeders already (Bert Langerwerf included) but they were of little help. After much reading I suspect that their dull coloration might be result of poor light intensity in my terrariums (compared to sunlight). What do you think about it?

Thank you in advance!


   

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