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RE: Refuses to eat non moving food!?

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Posted by: PHLdyPayne at Mon Apr 18 09:44:40 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHLdyPayne ]  
   

As Vit D is produced via a chemical process triggered by exposure to UVB rays, I don't see a vet testing for that when testing blood calcium levels makes far more sense.

If you don't have a UVB light get one installed in her tank. If you currently have one, replace it if its more than 9 months old.

I would stop feeding mealworms completely and crickets for that matter. An adult dragon that was eating greens in the past, should have no problem eating greens now. If she only wants to eat moving things, drop the greens into the bowl infront of her, to encourage her to eat. You can also just put in a few superworms, silkworms, butterworms or hornworms onto her salad..hide a few as well, to give some 'life' to her greens.

As a 6 year old adult, she may not be as hungry as a younger dragon would be due to not growing anymore. My adult female ate well but didn't eat every day, usually every other day and she was a good healthy weight and size (19" long, 450g last time I weighed her before I had to sell her). Weigh your dragon and try feeding her greens every other day (and nothing on the 'off' days) This may get her to eat more as her appetite will have time to build. I will also stop the syringe feeding...no point to do that right now unless she's loosing alot of weight. Monitor her weight though, to make sure she's not dropping in weight. A couple grams a week isn't a concern if she's currently a good healthy weight for her size.
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