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Re: ***PLEASE HELP!!***


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Posted by Les4toads on September 04, 2002 at 11:19:12:

In Reply to: ***PLEASE HELP!!*** posted by wanmeili on September 04, 2002 at 08:14:02:

:I am posting this for someone on the health forum b/c no one has answered her, and it sounds like she really needs some help:

:I am writing because I feel this is an emergency and I will check back on the responses soon!!! MY HTL's harvester ants arrived this afternoon. I put him and a few of the ants in a container together...he didn't seem interested in the ants and just closed his eyes and went to sleep...he watched them a little, but didn't eat any. The emergency is this: he got stung in BOTH eyes by these nasty little BA$TARD$, and I had to work diligently to get the stingers out of them...even tweezers were too big. Will he get sick or die??? Do I need to turn the ants into a slush ((puree)) and 'force feed' him to give him the nutrition??? Will he die now that he has been stung in BOTH eyes??? Help please!!! I am terribly worried about Marley. He is resting bowed over on my chest now, sleeping...I am scared he is in pain from the stings to the eyes...((eyelid/area)). Does he need anything for pain??? Help, please!!! Also, could

:*Angie*
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:Hello Angie. Sound like you have a problem, but it is not a major disaster. HLs have a natural detox factor in their blood against ant venom, the poison aspect is covered. If your food is toxic, you have to develop certain protection against the toxin and that is what HLs have done in their evolutionary journey. There was probably pain, but that subsided rapidly. DO NOT, and I want to make this real clear, do not force feed a HL. The muscles in their jaw will be damaged and will guarantee their death. HLs do not have a high "bite pressure" like other reptiles. HLs are designed to gulp down their prey items. They do not chew their food, so the muscle strength is not there. Any force feeding attempt will cause damage. Let the HL decide on its eating cycle. It is that time of year when HLs are preparing for hibernation and will not eat that much, if at all. Keep the ants in the refridgerator and only offer a few ants at a time. If the HL is not interested, remove the ants and put them back in the 'fridge. You can use a very mild first aid cream if an infection develops. But the odds of that are pretty slim. Keep me posted on the recovery. The HL should be okay. Lester G. Milroy III





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