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 New Sudan plated

Hi guys

We got a new plated lizard last week (the pet store got it from someone that no longer wanted it) but it doesn’t seem to want to eat anything. We’ve tried crickets, locusts, meal worms, plums, strawberries, banana, apple, cucumber, kale and anything else we can think of that it might like but the food dishes seem to stay full!!

As new platie owners we’re getting a bit worried about it not eating (the beardie and skinks eat everything they’re offered). Can anyone offer any advice about why the platie might be off it’s food?

Cheers

Vikki



02/12/08  05:31pm

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  Message To: TDI   In reference to Message Id: 1621080


 New Sudan plated

Not eating could be down to the move. What size enclosure is it in? What temps are you running at? How many hides?



02/13/08  12:35pm

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  Message To: R0NST3R   In reference to Message Id: 1622070


 New Sudan plated

Hi

The enclosure is approx 3.5 ft long x 2ft deep x 1.5ft high. His temp is between 75 deg at the cool end - 90 deg at the warm end of his viv, dropping to around 70 at night. He has two hides - most of his time seems to be spent either digging up the substrate or in one of the hides, although he does sometimes come out for a bit of a nosey through the glass doors! He also has a large water dish that he climbs into occasionally.

He’s quite happy to be held by us for a short while (once we’ve got hold of him) and does seem to be ok generally, it’s just the not eating business we’re starting to wonder about and, if it is due to the move, how long we should leave him to settle before seeking advice from a vet.

Cheers

Vikki



02/13/08  02:20pm

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  Message To: TDI   In reference to Message Id: 1622160


 New Sudan plated

don’t hold it until it gets used to its new surroundings. it could be very stressed out especially if you hold it constantly when it is trying to adjusting to its new habitat. i’d take it to a vet to see if there are any parasites or something.



02/13/08  08:02pm

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  Message To: Gottee guy   In reference to Message Id: 1622722


 New Sudan plated

Looks like it’s eaten some meal worms since last night but not touched the fruit yet.

Luckily we’re only about 10 miles away from what is supposed to be, according to the vet we take our furry animals to, a good vet for reptile care (Birch Heath Vetinary Clinic). If he doesn’t start eating a bit more over the weekend I think that the vet is going to be our next port of call.



02/14/08  04:21pm

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  Message To: TDI   In reference to Message Id: 1623659


 New Sudan plated

I wouldn;t really rush to seek advice from a vet.First thing, temps are too low. try upping them to 85 and basking of 95 area. Only drop the temps by around 5f on a night time dropping to 75 at the coolest. As said, moving is stressfull and I wouldn’t handle untill the plated is eating on a more regular basis.



02/20/08  11:08am

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  Message To: R0NST3R   In reference to Message Id: 1630667


 New Sudan plated

Thanks for your advice. Upped the temps now and put out some more fresh fruit/veg. The place where we got him from said that the woman who took him in there had been feeding him on tinned fruit salad - the mind boggles!!

We tried tempting him with a tiny pinkie as well but he ignored it (the snake loved it though!) - guess we’ll just have to wait a while longer and see what happens.



02/20/08  03:36pm


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