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 Slow worm

HI MY SON CAME HOME WITH A SLOW WORM THAT HE FOUND HE ONLY 4 AND WANTS TO KEEP IT! IíVE NOT GOT A CLUE HOW TO CARE FOR IT! ANYONE KNOW?



11/08/07  11:09am

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PrinceSushi
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 Slow worm

As an adult who has a son you should act a little more professional. Your posts sound rude, be patient. This forum is slow because these lizards are hard to care for and they are not a common pet. Try not using all caps and more appropriate words like for instead of "4"

As for your slow worm, I would release it. A four year old is not old enough to care for such a reptile. These lizards should not be handled unless absolutely necessary for treating wounds or relocating while the cage is cleaned. These guys rarely come out of hiding as well so a four year old will quickly become bored with it and move onto some other pet, thus the slow worm will most likely be neglected and die. Legless lizards are a lot more difficult than you would think.

Anyways, you are going to need a large tub or tank roughly 50 gallons with 4-6 inches of substrate. The substrate should be something like coconut fiber bedding and it should always remain slightly moist. Collect some fallen tree leaves and bake them in the oven to kill all bacteria and parasites and then set them on top of the substrate. You will need a large shallow dish that the lizard can soak in when it wants to. Purchase a UVA and UVB fixture plus the appropriate bulbs.

Captive lizards should ONLY be fed captive bred insects. Feeding it wild caught things is a good way of introducing parasites into your house which can then migrate into carpet or onto people. Crickets or roaches are the best things to feed. Do not feed them meal worms or super worms. These worms are too hard for the legless lizard to digest with its slow metabolism. Dust their food with calcium, D3 and a multivitamin.



11/09/07  12:34am

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Gottee guy
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  Message To: PrinceSushi   In reference to Message Id: 1506944


 Slow worm

just let it go........



11/10/07  08:37am


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