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Posted by bloomindaedalus on January 02, 2003 at 02:25:40:
In Reply to: Re: here's a post fredhammes; really fat E.painteds posted by fredhammes on January 01, 2003 at 17:19:27:
interesting site fred hadn't seen it before
as far as the food thing goes: painteds naturally forage/bask all day and i have found that mine do much better with several tiny feedings per day and/or having live fish and sanils and worms and insects in their enclosure to chase
but they almost never cease begging for food once they asociate you with it
also the pellets are somewhat dense if you feed frozen shrimp or whol animlas they will be getting much more WATER per unit voulme and actually fewer calories.
i defintely agree with fred about using tweezers or tongs and making then "chase" the foodas far as vegetable matter goes i think 50 percent is a max for this species (higher might be more appropriate for sliders, cooters) and you will have a hard time getting young pinated to eat vegetable matter in quantity
try water plants like duck weed and any of the elodea variety
apples and zucchini seem to be popular as well