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RE: Gonzos not drinking...

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Posted by: bigdogreps at Mon Mar 2 18:14:21 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by bigdogreps ]  
   

Is Mr. Gonzo healthy in all other aspects? If so perhaps he is not that thirsty a sign that your husbandry is sufficient. Take into consideration that veileds are designed for desert type conditions. He could be obtaining some of his water needs through your gutload i.e. lots of greens through gutloading will provide added fluids. Waxworms are pretty juicy(they are also real fatty!) I know when i feed silkworms hydration requirements are lessened due to the high hydration content in the worm. Is your veiled eating some of his plant? This is another source of hydration. The tank you have him in probably holds allot of humidity compared to an open air environment. I believe chams get some of their hydration requirements through their skin and respirations.Higher humidity levels means less hydration requirements. It is thought that veileds may have evolved to have the impressive casques not just to make them regal looking but so that it helps direct the water towards the mouth when it rains on it. Perhaps there IS water going into his mouth as they will sometimes only barely crack it open for the water to go in. However, at some point you should see him lift his head up to swallow.Is his casque plump and meaty looking? A sign of a well hydrated, well fed veiled. Are his eyes not sunken in but popped out,alert and darting about? If so, this is another sign of a hydrated cham. Is his appetite good? A dehydrated cham will start to crash,lethargy will set in,he will not eat and eventually sit with his eyes closed for prolonged periods of time.Good luck with Mr. Gonzo.


   

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