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RE: Mali Eating Habits

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Posted by: KevinM at Sun Apr 5 19:40:30 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

I have heard of them eating more insects when young and switching to a more herbivorous diet as they mature. I have even read that an insect treat now and again will not hurt them. Most folks on this forum will tell you they absolutely do not need insects in their diets, and I have never personally given my mali any in the two years I have had it. Go through the usual checks of temps making sure a basking area of 120 degrees is available, with a cool side around 75-80/room temp. Also, appropriate hides on the warm and cool end are available. My mali went into a winter non-feeding/little eating pattern that ended with daylights savings time and the onset of spring. Yours may be having a similar mini-shutdown as well. Of course, many will tell you to do a fecal check at the vets for parasites. If your mali was wildcaught, it may be harboring worms or other parasites that are catching up to it. Since you have had it since last summer, I am assuming it is feeding on something. How does it look? Is it really showing signs of not eating?


   

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