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 #1941214


AshleyShadows
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 Introduction and Feeding Question

I have 2 baby green basilisks which are approximately 2 months old. I’ve been researching a lot, but I’ve been struggling to find a good answer to my question:

How much should I be feeding them?

I buy small crickets for them which I gut load with calcium-enriched cricket food and water substitute. Before I feed them, I dust the crickets with a vitamin/calcium powder. I generally try to feed them about 6 crickets a day each, but I don’t know if it’s too much or too little. I certainly don’t want to over or under feed them.

Also, they have some freeze-dried mealworms which are coated with the powder available, but they rarely touch them. Fruits and veggies have been offered, but they seem uninterested.

I’d really appreciate an answer. I just want to do what’s best for my little guys.

I’ll add pictures of them and their custom 94 gallon enclosure soon!



01/27/09  09:42pm

 #1941232


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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1941214


 Introduction and Feeding Question

Here are my little ones, tentatively named Cain and Abel (as they are Jesus Christ lizards) until I know their genders.



This one is Cain. He/she is just a slight bit bigger than Abel, and also does a throat-enlarging move similar to that of anoles.



Here’s their 94 gallon custom enclosure made by my dad and I. The interior height extends down past that bottom black "drawer". There’s also a large pool of water down there for them, but I really don’t see them expore all that much. They tend to stick to the top level.



The whole thing is equipped with a heat lamp that’s on 24 hours a day and a UVA basking lamp that’s on for 12 hours of the day. I mist both basilisks in the morning with a tropical spray that contains aloe and vitamin B which helps with shedding and respiration. I also mist the leafs with water several times a day. In an attempt to "tame" the basilisks, I try holding them for about 5-10 minutes a day. They don’t love it, but they certainly do tolerate it quite well.

I am new to basilisks, so if anyone can suggest something I can do better, please let me know.



01/27/09  10:20pm

 #1941296


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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1941214


 Introduction and Feeding Question

I got mine when he was a baby about 2 years ago.

My feeding schedule is twice a day as much as they eat(for all of my reptiles).

Most reptiles won’t bother with things that don’t move. Just nature.

Make sure you’re only using the stuff with d3 2-3 times a week(d3 can be toxic if overloaded) and pure calcium daily.

2nd pic looks to be male(which could explain the headbobbing(being territorial))

By 24 hours a day do you mean an infared bulb? And do you have a uvb bulb? Cause those are important.

Everything looks and sounds good. Cute bassies.



01/27/09  11:38pm

 #1941300


AshleyShadows
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  Message To: Mattcsw   In reference to Message Id: 1941296


 Introduction and Feeding Question

Thanks so much for the reply!

I don’t have a UVB bulb because I haven’t been able to find one in the local pet stores. I’m planning to order one online within a few days. The 24 hour one is the infrared bulb. And I’m happy to hear about Cain possibly being a boy...I was really hoping for one.



01/27/09  11:44pm

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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1941300


 Introduction and Feeding Question

No problem.

When you get a uvb, make sure you get the tube one and not the coil one cause they cause eye problems.



01/28/09  03:33pm

 #1941713


AshleyShadows
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  Message To: Mattcsw   In reference to Message Id: 1941639


 Introduction and Feeding Question

I found an actual bulb from zoomed that is UVA/UVB. It’s not a coiled one, which I’d read could cause burns. Do you think that’d be ok? If not, I’d switch to a tube.



01/28/09  05:01pm

 #1942324


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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1941713


 Introduction and Feeding Question

What bulb is it?



01/29/09  03:48pm

 #1942348


AshleyShadows
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  Message To: Mattcsw   In reference to Message Id: 1942324


 Introduction and Feeding Question

Here’s a link to the exact product:

http://www.zoomed.com/db/products/EntryDetail.php?EntryID=40&DatabaseID=2&SearchID=1&SearchContext=YTo1OntzOjQ6IlBhZ2UiO3M6MToiMSI7czo4OiJTZWFyY2hJRCI7czoxOiIxIjtzOjEwOiJEYXRhYmFzZUlEIjtzOjE6IjIiO3M6NzoiSGVhZGluZyI7czo5OiJUZXJyYXJpdW0iO3M6MTU6IlByb2R1Y3RDYXRlZ29yeSI7czo4OiJMaWdodGluZyI7fQ==



01/29/09  04:13pm

 #1942353


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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1942348


 Introduction and Feeding Question

Wow I just realized how I misread the box. It says something about UVB on it, but I guess it doesn’t actually have it. I feel beyond stupid and now I have to go out and buy a new bulb and fixture.



01/29/09  04:16pm

 #1942524


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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1942353


 Introduction and Feeding Question

lol.
it happens.



01/29/09  07:56pm

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  Message To: AshleyShadows   In reference to Message Id: 1941214


 Introduction and Feeding Question

you shout feed them 12/ side 3 criket every day . only use casium 2 time a week . very importain the temperture is have to be warm at 30_27_C at day time is 24_25 -C at night time your basilisk will eat .use a infared heat bulb will make your lizazds cam .and i 24/7 you can live on 24 hour. if u do that your lizasd shout be eating



02/27/09  07:08pm


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