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RE: Gila Regurgitating

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Posted by: DennisDeLapJr at Sun Dec 19 07:01:48 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by DennisDeLapJr ]  
   

I've raised a couple dozen gilas n beadeds from hatchlings. For no particular reason three young gilas or so have given me some grief with regurging. Its scary and frustrating with all the horror stories n such when such valuable animals puke in my opinion. I've found its a dirty little secret amongst heloderm keepers thats hard to get these elitist keepers to fess up too! lol...THEY ALL PUKE ONCE IN A WHILE well most of them its not as big a deal in my opinion as we freak out on it to be, like cats coughing up hair...they don't digest hair or feathers well. Could be because in the wild they eat more baby animals nests and not so much adult prey......Although my older animals seem to hold everything down fine.......

I've had less digestion issues with beadeds than gilas....imo they are a whole lot more versatile than a gila.
SOME Young gilas I've discovered don't tolerate hair as well as others. Try feeding rat pinks instead of mice smaller meals every 3-4 days. I also soak my problem feeders the day after feeding for a couple hours. This seems to help dramatically too. Most important thing is to soak your young animals for at least twelve hours after they regurg to make certain they stay hydrated. I soak all my hatchlings n yearlings once a week for twelve hours. My trouble feeders all have outgrown the condition and went on to pound adult mice without any issues so just be patient concentrate on the hydration.
...Just my two cents, could be wrong.

Peace
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