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Posted by Lester G. Milroy III on June 03, 2002 at 09:46:26:
In Reply to: HL is doing grate posted by charlie cloud on June 02, 2002 at 17:45:55:
: Hay lester i just wanted to tell you that i have my HL on a diet of ants now. About to weeks ago i purchased a fullspectrum lite with uvb and uva. she is not eating as much as befor it was as if the crickets just went right throug her and her scat was always small now it is huge like a toad. the uva in the lite has trigered her natural behaver and when i pick her up she will try to bite me and stab me with her horns. today was weird when i picked her up she stabed me and shot blood all on the glass and my hand. she is still growing fast every week she looks bigger. i will be moving her to a larger tank in a few months. i just wanted to keep you updated.
: thanks for your help.
:Glad to hear Charlie. The behavior is a good indicator that the health of the HL is right where it should be (compared to HLs in the wild). The blood squirting is pretty fascinating stuff, is it not? It sounds like the diet requirements are being met. Your description of the scat lends me to believe that the HLs metabolism is at a normal level. Just make sure that the scat are dry. I call them "toad cheetos" because of their shape and weight (very light). If you should start seeing any watery scat, let me know. That would be an indicator of problems. Keep the lighting and temps in check also. See if you can obtain a scales to monitor weight gains and losses. Get a baseline weight and follow it from there. This will also give you a level to monitor health. Take the weight about twice a week. Sounds good so far. Ants are wonderful things to feed a critter that requires ants to live, are they not? I am sure you are a believer now. Just like Mother Nature intended. Lester G. Milroy III