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RE: Lethargic jackson...

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Posted by: Carlton at Thu May 29 15:01:59 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

How about calcium dust? Didn't see that mentioned. An adult cham should be getting a light calcium dusting once a week. Vitamins a lot less often...once a month or so. What are you gutloading the feeders with? Gutloading should be considered the primary way to get nutrition into your cham, not the dusts. Dusts are "gap fillers" to help make up for the lack of variety offered by captive bred feeders. Dusts are easy to overdose especially in montane species. How old are your lights? If over 5 months, change them. You can use the ReptiSun 5.0 instead of the 10.0s. UV penetration into the cage area is about the same. If he's drinking on his own, stop the Pedialyte. You can overdo the electrolytes and cause more problems. Being with the female may have stressed him and made some other underlying health problem more obvious. I'd suggest a few things. First, raise the humidity...it's often lower than you realize and is putting stress on his kidneys. Get a fecal analysed by a vet to rule out a high parasite load. Isolate him visually from all other animals including the female. Cut back on the vitamin dust and check the quality of your feeder gutloads. Good luck!


   

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