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New to chucks, quick questions...

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Posted by: annacb at Mon Jan 20 00:25:28 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by annacb ]  
   

Hi there,
I've kept snakes and various lizards for years now. Yesterday I ended up with a male S. ater due to some interesting circumstances.

He seems healthy enough, though a little ashy from retained shed bits and with very long nails.

I have no history on him- is it best to assume he is WC, or are CB ones common these days now? Any chuckwalla specific health concerns I should watch for?

I will be setting him up in his semi-temporary digs tomorrow- a 4' by 2' by 2' storage bin with slate on the floor. I have heard that they need quite bright light to thrive- will his MVB be enough for the enclosure, or would he do better with some fluorescent as well?

Lastly, I've seen conflicting info about two things: temperatures at night, and diet. I keep cyclura, and feed a 100% herbivorous diet to them. Should I do the same with the chuck? Is animal protein helpful or unnecessary? I breed roaches, so I could feed some if it'd help and not screw with his kidneys or something. Also, I read about a lot of folks feeding grasses or tortoise food to up the fiber content of the diet: needed?

Thanks in advance. I know a lot of this is simple stuff, there's just a lot of opinions out there, and though I didn't expect to end up with this guy, I want to do the best I can by him.


   

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