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RE: Quick question on plateds

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Posted by: Matt Campbell at Wed Oct 5 23:06:01 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Matt Campbell ]  
   

I never recommend dog food as anything other than the occasional treat, so it's good that you're cutting that out of the diet. If you want to feed a canned diet as part of the overall diet I would recommend something like ZuPreem Monitor Diet or ZooMed Monitor and Tegu diet. Both are more nutritionally complete for omnivorous/carnivorous lizards than using dog food. Most Plateds will take a very diverse diet so I would start experimenting with various nutritious feeds. You could try adding variety to the insects you feed - try roaches , silkworms, butterworms - etc. in addition to standard insect fare like crickets and superworms. Try fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also try offering prepared foods such as RepCal Adult Iguana diet , or Bearded Dragon Diet. There are also some other canned diets such as ZooMed Box Turtle, ZooMed Iguana, TetraFauna Reptomin Softgel, just to name a few. Be aware though that most if not all canned diets are low in fiber. Variety is the spice of life with any herp species and the great thing is that with omnivorous lizards like Plateds it's much easier to provide a varied healthy diet.
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