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Posted by eve on April 22, 2003 at 14:37:16:
In Reply to: Newly acquired Collard Lizard, acclimation:questions???? posted by JustinM. on April 22, 2003 at 14:25:47:
:I purchased a collard lizard at the New England reptile convention this past Saturday. I decided to get him/her because I haven't had one since I was 14. Collard lizards are one of my favorite lizards...............Anyways, I'm having eating problems.
: He/she is robust, alert and active. I currently have him/her housed in a 15 gallon long with a yellow throated plated lizard I'm trying to recouporate back to health. Both lizards aren't eating and I have placed them together since they share rather the same set up: desert. They don't bother each other and bask near each other. I have one side of the cage with a soil/play sand substrate and rocks for basking and a piece of pottery smashed to make a cave for hiding. The spot bulb is placed over a rock with a 75 watt soft-white bulb. On the other side of the cage, the cool side, there is a large, broad leafed fern plant, the water dish and soil as the substrate.
: My collard lizard has not ate anything since I purchased him/her............I have only tried crickets since I haven't gone out to the pet store for waxworms, pinkies and/or superworms. I don't remember my previous collard lizard being a finicky eater; rather he was a voracious eater. Do you think heat may be an issue and I should add 1 more bulb??? My room temperatures vary from 75 during the day and drop to 70 at night. I have alot of herps and inverts in my bedroom so the ambient temperature is just right and each individual animals' cage allows for proper thermoregulation from a hot spot to a cool side. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!
First the collared should not be with the plated lizard, no way, and you say you are nursing IT back to health, I dont know whats wrong with it but why would you want your collared with it? And the tank is to small for the collared let alone both of them should be a 20 gallon minimum, I think once he is seperated and adjusts abit, he should eat better, if he starts to lose alot of weight may be parasites, may want to have him checked out if he was wc. Others may have more opinions to share, Good luck and Seperate them !!! :0) Eve