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Stimulating Appetite for Adult Retic

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Posted by: berdache at Thu Feb 21 13:58:03 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by berdache ]  
   

Thanks for reading.

My adult male retic stops eating every winter. I got him as a hatchling. He ate voraciously the first year and a half. His second winter, he stopped eating for a few months, but went back to normal in the spring. He is 6 years old. I have a female in a separate enclosure nearby.

He usually refuses food for several months. He stays active, responsive, drinks, sheds, and evacuates regularly. He has no signs of RI, no noisy breathing, no bubbles around the mouth. He also has no signs of mouth rot or infection in his mouth. He doesn't have any sensitive areas when I palpate him.

I took him to a herp vet last year. The vet said he was healthy and to keep doing what I was doing re husbandry.

His high temps are mid 90's, the cool side is mid 80's. He is in a 10' X 2' X 2" critter condo with heat tape and basking light. He stays on the cool side of the tank.

Is there anything that I can do to get him back on feed quicker? Is there an appetite stimulate I can get to restart his feeding?

Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.


   

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