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Posted by lkt on May 06, 2003 at 09:54:16:
In Reply to: A poop question... posted by CrazyLoco on May 05, 2003 at 23:52:19:
Did you really mean 17 1/2" @ 4 1/2 months? That's huge! Maybe you meant 7 1/2"?
Runny poop could mean worms, coccidia, or too much fruit, or the wrong kind of greens. If you're feeding lettuce that could be a contributor....it should be stuff like collard, mustard, endive, turnip greens, etc. Have you had a fecal done by a vet?
You really should separate them, at least the male. You're gonna end up with eggs, lots of eggs, if you don't, and some very stressed out and short lived females. You also said younger bro' and sis. If they're much smaller, and your larger one is really 17 1/2", they're at risk of being eaten.
I dust w/calcium with D3 every other day for Kiana, who's 8 months old. I'm going to start decreasing the D3 to twice a week but keep dusting every other day with calcium. Not sure what the masses will suggest. I assume you already have a UVB (reptisun is best for tube lights, or you can use mercury vapor bulbs like the Zoomed PowerSun for high UVB output combined with heat.), but if not it's mandatory.
Feeding late at night is bad....but I'm wondering how long you leave the lights on? 14 hours is max, and you shouldn't feed less than 1 1/2 to 2 hours before bed time, otherwise they don't have time to digest their meals and the food will rot in their stomach.
Feed them as much as they'll eat (live prey) in about 10 minutes, but have good greens and veggies (go light on the fruit) available all the time. You also might have better luck feeding them when separated in case one or two are more aggressive eaters.
There are some good care sheets on this web site and it might help for you to check them out. It might be easier than sifting through all the replies you get here. Good luck!