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RE: Help with Hatchling

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Posted by: patty208 at Tue Mar 31 05:16:19 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by patty208 ]  
   

Hi Tonia,
I can't say what your problem is, but maybe if I share a few ideas with you, perhaps it will help. Only one little square of romaine is not enough nutrition. I'm not familiar with the coconut bedding, but could it possibly be that he is eating so much of it, that he is not hungry for real food? I'm getting very good results using potting soil. I like Scott's Topsoil as it has peat moss already in it and no fertilizer. I get it at Walmart for about $3.00 a bag. I also do not give mine vitamins or calcium because if given too much, it could cause the problems that you're having. I use a cuttlebone for their calcium which they really like. In addition to various grasses and leaves, lots of Opuntia cactus leaves chopped up, I also supplement with Mazuri Tortoise food and Zoomed Grassland to make sure that they are getting the right nutrients. It's like tortoise candy. You might try using UVA AND UVB when they are inside. It really perks mine up.

I know that you are experienced, but what the heck.....it's worth a try. Are you familiar with the Turtle Cafe site?
Good luck!


   

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