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RE: Jewled

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Posted by: roger van couwen at Sat Nov 18 10:17:25 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by roger van couwen ]  
   

They are a full 14" long. They were in the egg last spring. They always have plenty to eat, and they hunt and eat to satiety now, because they now are excellent cricket hunters. At first they were incredibly clumsy hunters. I suspect they ate to little when they were tiny. But there was no way I was going to syringe food to such tiny lizards. I simply watched until they ate at least one cricket each, just to be safe. I used to snip off the cricket's hind legs and toss them in the tank. I assumed they caught a few more each day, but their hunting skills did not match the interest they plainly showed in the food. That problem is resolved now. When they don't feel like hunting, they eat zoophs, which I consider to be high in chitin, and barely acceptable as food.

Should I keep them at 75 at night? It seems resonable if I want to reproduce their natural climate. I keep the warm side of their cage in the 90's during the day, and it's in the low 80's a9I use the thermostat to control the low-temp side of the cage, just because if I control the warm end, there is no guarentee that the cool end will be the right temp. The warm end reads 110 under the CHE with a non-contact themometer, and they spend just a little time directly under the heater. They usually hang out in the intermediate temp zones. Last night they could have chosen to dig in near the CHE where it is warmer, but they burrowed for the night at the 75F end. I use Spyder Robotic's thermostats, so I know the temperature readings are always accurate.

They are CB. I have no idea of how to collect a fresh fecal sample other than the way I describe below. Once, the male defecated on my vet's arm. It was a miraculous gift, which my vet scoped right away, and they both got treated with panacur. The vet reported seeing ova. Do you think they need more parasite control? My vet won't treat for anything she does not see in person. My male still defecates on me when I pick him up, which I rarely do. I actually like that, because it seems to be the only way to collect a fecal sample.

Thank you for doing a judicious review of my description, I'm open for comments.

Roger


   

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