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RE: can't get plated to eat fruits

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Posted by: 7serpents at Sun Feb 17 21:24:55 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by 7serpents ]  
   

Yellow throated Plated Lizards (Gerrhosaurus flavigularis and G. flavigularis ssp.) are Insectivorous.

Only pre-breeding and summer captive conditions have shown the consumption of small amounts of: kale, collared greens, tips of red & green leaf lettuces, some berries (blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry), banana, kiwi, cantelope, and melon. Never force feed! They will take the food items they want as needed. And yes Baby Food (jars of mixed fruit, mixed meat & vegs are offered once a month with greens dish, this adds extra nutrients to diet.

Pinkies are a must with all plated lizards as this is a source of calcium and pure protein; each animal is feed 3 pinkie mice bi-weekly. Crickets, Superworms (zoophobias/small) only not the mealworms with tough to digest exoskeletons, waxworms are offered daily. This is a must with pairs and groups as it insures all members have access to food.

Remember that most Plated Lizards are WC thus it takes up until two years to acclimate and get their routine down with the weather cycles; Barometric pressure systems not temperatures. I have never cooled any of my girdled- tailed or plated lizards to getting breeding accomplished as over the years it has been the nature weather/barometric pressure systems that runs their biological clocks.


   

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