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RE: First Time Owner Needs Advice

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Posted by: laurarfl at Thu Feb 26 08:10:52 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by laurarfl ]  
   

I'm glad you're taking the time to research your ig needs!

Leafy greens are great, avoid spinach and lettuce. You can also add some diced veggies like squash and green beans, plus a little fruit. He feels insecure which is why he won't eat in front of you. That will change in time, I'm sure. Perhaps the cage lay out is such that the bowl can be in the back corner or a more secure spot that isn't front center in full view of spectators.

The feces description in the other post is spot on, but it may be dried by the time you find it, so it's a little black stick thingy. What is your substrate?

Not pooing for 3 weeks would be a bit of concern, if that is the case and it's just not hidden. I would think of things like insufficient food intake, dehydration, cool temps, and worse case scenario-impaction. Then I would look at all of those issues and make sure 1)The ig is eating enough and the food is moistened/misted a bit 2)The ig is misted daily and has a tub of water he can fit into. I would add a bit of fruit for extra water. 3)I would check temps to make sure the basking temp and overall temp is warm enough for digestion and to encourage the little guy to be a bit active. If there is really no poo anywhere in the cage, I would also think about catching the little guy and giving him a nice lukewarm bath for about 20 min.

Hope that helps and keep us posted!


   

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