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Jewelled Lacertas not shedding

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Posted by: roger van couwen at Mon Mar 13 15:07:28 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by roger van couwen ]  
   

Hello All,

I'm new to this forum, but I have looooong experience with green iguanas and various Ctenosaurae.

Well I recently acquired 1.1 Jewelled Lacertas. I've had them for about three months.

I'm afraid they are failing to thrive, because I do not see them shedding.


The background is like this:
I have them on newspaper and glass in a very large tank. Their SVL is about 3 inches, but they are the tiniest lizards I've ever cared for. I'm sure they were practically fresh out of the egg when I contacted the supplier about three months ago.

They have a lot of room in their habitat. I feed them 3/8 crickets, and they do hunt them down. I've often seen them go to their water saucer and bend their heads down to drink. They have a warm end of their tank where the newspaper reads about 140 F., and a cool end that I keep at a steady 80 F. using Spyder Robotics thermostats, and a heating pad under that end set on low. They have hides and a couple of toilet paper rolls. They use all of them, and they walk all around the tank, and even spend some time in the warm spot, which is a refief to me. They seem to favor the mid region of the tank, which is probably about 100 F., but they do walk around, and even spend time, in all the regions of the habitat.

That's background, this is my question: Is it a problem that they do not seem to be shedding?

They have not shed since I've had them. They are extremely tiny, and I assumed that one of the things I would see would be almost constant shedding as they steadily grew. But the way I see it now, I assume they are not growing. If they were, they would be shedding, right? If there is something I should be doing, I have no idea what it is.

Any suggestions?

Roger


   

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