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RE: help! new owner of a uro..

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Posted by: rtl402 at Thu Jan 29 16:09:50 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rtl402 ]  
   

Everything you mentioned plus the picture is a poor indication of the conditions. First, what size enclosure do you have it in, what are the temps, etc etc...

As for it liking to be held, Uro's do not 'like' to be held. They will sit still in your hand because they are cold and lethargic. A Uro in good health will be very active, and will not sit still in your hand. Also, in the picture, its sitting out on a sweatshirt, very dark colors, meaning the Uro is VERY cold. This is bad. You need to be able to maintain a proper temp. gradient and basking spot for Uro's to properly thrive.

As for diet, crickets are bad, stop feeding even if the Uro ignores it, its a bad idea. Romaine lettuce is also not providing any nutrition, just water content. Uro's should be fed daily greens such as curly endive, escarole, dandelion greens. In addition you can feed on a rotational basis: arugula, radicchio, watercress, shredded carrots or shredded squash, bok choy and others as well. I would avoid feeding any lentils as the Uro looks to be very young, which should also be kept on a non-particle substrate, such as paper towels, butcher paper, newspaper, slate, etc. No sand or millet until the Uro is at least 6-7" in length.

Has the Uro ever been to a vet for a fecal exam? While there may not be visible parasites in the stool (which should not be runny) there could be an issue that can be seen by having a fecal exam done at the vet.

Hope this helps... any more info you can provide will definitely help in getting all your questions answered as best we can.


   

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