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Posted by Nathan619 on August 05, 2002 at 15:13:00:
In Reply to: Alligator Lizard diet question posted by Skyz on August 04, 2002 at 10:45:50:
:A little over a year ago I got a male and female alligator lizard. They were wild caught and the male never ate very well. At first he would eat crickets then he got to where he would refuse them but eat grasshoppers. Then the female got egg bound and i lost her. He quit eatting all together. Well I had almost lost hope on him because he was waisting away and then last week he ate a pinky mouse. Again yesterday he ate a pinky mouse and has put on a little weight. Still will not eat crickets, meal worms or grasshoppes. I'm sure its not too good for him to eat only pinkies but what can i go to vary his diet? Anyone else had this problem?
It sounds like he is suffering form a major illness. Almost all healthy Alli's (or atleast Southerns) that I have seen will eat 10-15 crickets in one sitting and they will do that several times a week. He is probably internally parasitized. You should take him to a vet that specializes in herps if you are serious about his survival. The female may have died from parasites or some type of illness also. It is also very likely he may be very stressed. Are you keeping him in a large woodland-to-rocky environment with a lot of hiding places and an under tank heater?
If you want I can send you a care sheet on Alli's. Is he a Southern or a Northern?