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 #2179443


Dever229
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 New baby basilisk

i just got a new green basilisk he is kinda pale for a basilisk is this normal{kinda white and black with a little green} when they are young or is the something i need to do to help him get healthier?



10/06/10  04:20pm

 #2179542


Rubix
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  Message To: Dever229   In reference to Message Id: 2179443


 New baby basilisk

Don’t know! Take good care of him and see what happens. Post some pictures if you’d like!



10/07/10  09:26am

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Sinosauropterix
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  Message To: Rubix   In reference to Message Id: 2179542


 New baby basilisk

It depends on how old it is. Hatchlings will have a lot of brown on them but they lose it quickly. My little guy is only half an inch long (minus the tail) and he is already mostly green. I have found that UV light helps a lot to bring out the green in young green basilisks. If you are already using a UV light, maybe yours isn’t strong enough. Fluorescent UV lighting isn’t strong enough for basilisks so I recommend either a Mercury Vapour or Metal Halide bulb. I use the new MegaRay bulb by Hagen (I think) and it works pretty well.

The white colouring sounds strange, though. Are you sure yours is a green basilisk and not a brown or striped basilisk?



10/07/10  01:39pm

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  Message To: Sinosauropterix   In reference to Message Id: 2179573


 New baby basilisk

ya its definitely a green one i think he is getting greener now i think the place i got him at didn’t have enough light on him



10/07/10  04:17pm

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  Message To: Dever229   In reference to Message Id: 2179590


 New baby basilisk

here is what he looks like



10/07/10  08:07pm

 #2179667


Rubix
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  Message To: Dever229   In reference to Message Id: 2179648


 New baby basilisk

Very cute. Looks good so far!
You’re probably right, good chance he was too cold and under-lit.



10/07/10  09:27pm

 #2179929


Sinosauropterix
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  Message To: Rubix   In reference to Message Id: 2179667


 New baby basilisk

Yeah, he does look better now.

I can remember when I got my first green basilisk from our local pet shop and he was so brown that I actually thought the people working there had mistaken a brown basilisk for a green basilisk! But after a while, he did turn green. That was also around the time when I discovered that the incandescent bulbs they sold at that store didn’t produce UV.....

Anyway, what kind of UV light are you using? Your little guy looks fine but I still think he could be a little greener.



10/09/10  12:19pm

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Dever229
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  Message To: Sinosauropterix   In reference to Message Id: 2179929


 New baby basilisk

i have two 5.0 uvb 18in floesent bulbs a 100w basking bulb and a 75w halogen bulb its a 3ft h x 4ft w x 2ft deep cage



10/09/10  12:23pm

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Sinosauropterix
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  Message To: Dever229   In reference to Message Id: 2179930


 New baby basilisk

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i have two 5.0 uvb 18in floesent bulbs


Are these the 13w or 26w ones? I didn’t measure how big my bulbs were for my fire skink but you should be using the 26w ones.

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a 100w basking bulb


Is this an infrared heat bulb or a regular incandescent?

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and a 75w halogen bulb


What brand or company made it? What was the name of the bulb?



10/13/10  09:18pm

 #2181019


Dever229
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  Message To: Sinosauropterix   In reference to Message Id: 2180981


 New baby basilisk

they are 15 watt uvb bulbs ans the 100w basking light is not infrared the halogen light is a Phillips full spectrum bulb same deal as the ones u buy at the pet store



10/13/10  10:19pm

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Sinosauropterix
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  Message To: Dever229   In reference to Message Id: 2181019


 New baby basilisk

OK. First of all, you need a stronger UVB bulb. 15 or 16 watts is not going to cut it. I realize your lizard may be turning green enough for you now, but aside from colour change, he won’t get very much from it. Lower levels of UVB will affect his activity, metabolism, and appetite, so it is always a good idea to get something strong enough to surpass these problems before they become a problem for your lizard’s health. If you do notice that your lizard’s activity and appetite is lower, insufficient UVB should be one of your first guesses.

Second, those 100 watt basking lights are bad choices for two reasons: 1) they produce too much white light for a forest/semi-aquatic lizard, and 2) they don’t produceenough actual heat. The purple and blue bulbs do the same thing an ordinary household incandescent does but with dimmer light. Get something stronger like a 75 watt infrared heat bulb. They produce more heat than an ordinary incandescent does, and the red light they emit cannot be seen by the lizard.

Third, unless a bulb’s description actually includes UVB in it, you should be skeptical of anything that claims to produce "full spectrum" lighting. UVA is supposed to give the lizard te special kind of light that allows them to see everything correctly (to them). White light from incandescent bulbs can be seen but everthing will appear to be slightly distorted to the lizard. You can use it, but only a bulb that specifically mentions UVA in its description will be full-spectrum. Incandescent bulbs to not typically produce UVA or UVB but I am not sure whether metal halides, mercury vapour or halogen bulbs fall into that category. In any case, unless it produces UVA and UVB, don’t use it. You will be wasting your money and your lizard won’t be happy.



10/15/10  09:27am

 #2184002


Repic zone
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  Message To: Dever229   In reference to Message Id: 2179443


 New baby basilisk

you can try a calcium with D3



10/27/10  07:52pm


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