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RE: whiptail lizards

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Posted by: reptoman at Mon Nov 26 06:33:30 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by reptoman ]  
   

Couple things, my experience comes from California whiptails more than any other but here is a few things:

a. Don't feed them ants. I know they don't have immunity to thier venom, had one stung by a red ant and it lost its ability use the back legs.

b. THey do need water, but why not a water bowl? THey find water quite redily.

c. While they will eat anything they consider food, I would not feed them mealworms unless fresh shed, as the chittin in them does not digest that well and I have also notice these lizards have problems with intestinal issues easily.

D. Don't over feed these lizards, I have found that all species I have wporked with can get extremely obese given a ritch everyday diet of insects at their discretion.

E. THese lizards are intelligent and learn fast, and yes mine eat out fo my hands as well. Given other insect fair as wax worms, etc. I would ocnsider using other insects for feeders and mix it up from time to time.

F. These lizards will eat other lizards, I have observed the male of the species chasing the weaker male and stressing out over a period of time, better to keep a male with females if your specie has males and females.......

Hope that helps some.
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