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RE: Are temps good?

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Posted by: MaureenCarpenter at Sat Jul 14 10:44:07 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by MaureenCarpenter ]  
   

Hi Kevin. Your cage is "beautiful", but maybe not so much for a Chuckwalla. My first impression was "Close encounters of the Third Kind". Please don't be offended, but I have been keeping Chucks for more than 50 years, made plenty of blunders in my first years, but I now think like a Chuckwalla! I would replace everything in your cage with rocks or tiles, which are easy to wash off and do not harbor critters such as lice and are wonderful to bask on. No sand. Chucks live in rocks and rock crevasses. I think corn may be hard to digest and terribly starchy. Flowers are best. I can grow nasturtiums in a pot or in my yard, along with Coreopsis, geranium petals, dandelions, and I also give them organic greens such as wild arugula or squash blossoms. Color stimulates their appetites. I'd give her a larger flat dish, which she can graze in. You might mix in a bit of grated carrot. In addition, natural light from windows is a must! My Chucks come out to "bask" even if I haven't yet turned on the lights because they "feel" the outside weather and brightness. On rainy or overcast days, they come out momentarily, but they "know"...and they retreat back into their caves/hides. Sometimes movement will stimulate their appetites. While she is basking, try dropping bits of food onto her basking spot from above. Hope this helps. Maureen


   

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