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RE: What a solare should look like...

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Posted by: fireside3 at Thu Oct 16 07:33:57 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fireside3 ]  
   

The females do tend to be larger and put on better fat reserves than males in most species. The differences I find are not as wide with solare as some other species. There tends to be even more disparity with size differential and fat stores in say cornutum or hernandezi between male and female. I do tend to notice that males in captivity are not as healthy looking, and I think a lot of that has to do with male stress hormone production, as well as the fact that females are the ones who need the most biomass for healthy propagation. In the wild, it probably has more to do with being on the go and roaming in the home range for mates and such. Not as much time spent eating, and more time roaming.

My adult male who passed away last year broke 50g though. I offer a similar diet to mine. Occasional wax worm and crickets. Even less occasional mealworms ( maybe once every 2 months, and in the summer when ants are a plenty, they get virtually nothing else ), but they get almost all the ants they will eat through the day. Currently my youngest is 2 years this fall, but she is 53.5g as of tonight. You may need to step up the ants. How many ball park do they get a day?


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