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RE: my ornate uromastyx, cactus butt.

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Posted by: el_toro at Wed Nov 14 12:24:08 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by el_toro ]  
   

I'm going to tell you a couple of things you might not want to hear. First is, she's not an ornate uro - she looks like a Saharan. Colors and markings are all wrong for an ornate. Fortunately that doesn't really make too much difference in the husbandry, but you should know what you have.

It's good that you will be getting a larger cage - do it as soon as you can. A 40 gallon isn't large enough for just the uro alone. However, do not keep all of the lizards together. They have different needs and keeping mixed species is something that should be done only by experts. It's very stressful for all the critters involved and it will lead to health issues. When you get the larger cage, move your uro in and keep the armadillo lizards separately.

Now food: I would strongly suggest you stop feeding her superworms. While some uros WILL eat bugs, it's generally accepted that they SHOULDN'T eat them. Stick with the bok choy, but mix it up a little, too - curly endive, escarole, dandelion, some kale and collards. No cabbage, spinach, or chard, though. Add in veggies - a few peas, shredded squashes (butternut, zucchini, etc), shredded parsnip, and so on. They also enjoy a good dry mix (in moderation) with dry lentils, seeds, dry grasses like timothy hay or orchard grass, and bee pollen granules. Edible flowers are nice, too - nasturtiums, dandelion, pansy, violas, etc. Just make sure they aren't sprayed with pesticides. Variety is key. A quality calcium supplement and a multivitamin are good idea, too, to make sure she's getting everything she needs.

As far as the fussy eating goes, just keep offering it to her. Shred everything together so it's harder for her to pick out the "good stuff". She's like a little kid in that way. You can't give in and let her eat only what she wants. If she's hungry, she'll eat.

Hope that's helpful, even if it's not necessarily stuff you want to hear.
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Torey
Eugene, Oregon, USA
1.2 Saharan Uros (Joe, Arthur, and Hitch)
3.0 Mali Uros (Spike, Turtle, and Tank)
1.1 Ornate Uros (Scuttlebutt and Shazzbot)
1.2 Collared Lizards (Ripcord, Thiamine, and Riboflavin)
1.1 Housecats (Roscolux and Jenny)


   

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