Feeder and lizard help

Having difficulties with your feeders or lizard?

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 Feeders

Cricket help
There are a few ways to help your crickets live to their life span:
- Remove dead crickets from your container as soon as spotted. Dead crickets create a deadly odor and form bacteria that will kill other crickets.
- Egg crates should be kept in your container so your crickets are not congested. Congested crickets often eat each other.
- Ventilation is key. Your container needs to be well ventilated.
- Do not place a water bowl in your container. Crickets will fall in and not be able to climb out. Our cricket hydrate eliminates this problem. If you use wet paper towels, be sure to replace them daily to eliminate bacteria and mold growth.
- Calcium overdose. Crickets that have too much calcium in their diet will not be able to shed/molt, causing death.

Bearded dragons

My beardie's head is turning white. This often causes concern with new beardie owners. This is most often a sign that your beardie is shedding. The beardie's head takes the longest to shed, which is why it may appear white for a few days before shedding. A warm bath will accelerate the shedding process.

My beardie seems very tired and sluggish lately. Is it late Fall, Winter, or early Spring? Your beardie may be going through natural brumation. This is the equivalent to hibernation often associated with bears. Ask your veterinarian about this problem.

My beardie's chin is black. Beardie's often do this when they are excited, frightened, or angry.

Beardies and sand bedding. Should I use sand as my bearded dragon's bedding? This is one of the most talked about questions. If you want to be 100% safe with your bearded dragon, you should not use sand as bedding. Bearded dragons will eat the sand and it may cause impaction. For those who still want to use sand, here are some helpful tips: Do not to use sand as bedding if you own a baby or juvenile bearded dragon. Adult bearded dragon's should only have finely sifted sand as bedding (this can be bought at your local pet store in a variety of colors). Most of the time adult bearded dragon's can digest sand, even though it is not healthy. However, there is still a chance of impaction.

Beardies and calcium sand bedding. Your beardie will be able to digest calcium sand bedding. This is bedding made of calcium aka calcium carbonate. While this may be the case, there are a few reasons against using this bedding. Too much calcium in your beardie may pose a problem, research Hypercalcemia. Others say beadie's eating calcium is equivalent to humans eating a anti-acid for acid reflux. Too much and the acid in the beardie's stomach will not be able to digest/breakdown the feeders it eats.

What is bearded dragon impaction. This is a block in the digestive tract of your beardie. It will not allow your beardie to pass stool (go to the bathroom). It is important to feed your beardie the right size food to help prevent this problem. The temperature of your cage is also important. Do not use bedding or other materials in your beardie's cage that can not be digested (they are known to lick or eat anything in your cage that can fit in their mouth). A beardie suffering from impaction should see a veterinarian. A warm bath may help your beardie pass stool.

Care sheets

Bearded dragon
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/caresheet/
http://www.sundialreptile.com/care%20sheet--bearded%20dragon.htm
http://www.beardeddragoncaresheet.org/care-sheet.html

Leopard gecko
http://www.leopardgecko.com/leopard-gecko-care
http://www.geckosetc.com/htm/care.htm
http://www.anapsid.org/leopardgek.html

Blue tongued skink
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/lizardsaspets/a/bluetongues.htm
http://www.sundialreptile.com/care%20sheet-skink.htm
http://www.lizard-landscapes.com/blue-tongued-skink.html

Green anole
http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/lizardsaspets/a/greenanolecare.htm
http://www.the-lizard-lounge.com/content/species/green-anole.asp
http://www.lizard-landscapes.com/green-anole.html

 

 

 






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