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Re: R. Leachianus


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Posted by leprachaun13 on April 04, 2003 at 16:54:18:

In Reply to: R. Leachianus posted by chadf on April 03, 2003 at 23:04:40:

hey,

Since you didn't ask for any specifics I'll give you the general outline of their care and some resources which you can look at for some more info.

Temps: Your current crested temps should be fine. I personally give my leachianus a basking spot at night to give them an additional option. This is mainly because my house gets pretty cold during the night. You probably know, but periodic drops in temp really aren't problematic, its usually temps that are too high that are dangerous. If in doubt, don't bother adding additional heat, they'll most likely do fine.

Diet: Although most written documents on them point towards a fruit based diet, I find them to be quite carnivorous. The standard gut-loaded/dusted crickets and fruit puree are the staples of their diet. I often give my Leachies thawed fuzzy mice, partly because I think it's great to watch (they go absolutely nuts, croaking, shaking the mouse, it's all out war), partly because they're pretty readily available for me. Finally, too many mice aren't a good idea, they're quite fatty, and that's not healthy to feed too often.

Enclosure: The housing depends on the size/age of your animal. Younger animals should live in appropraitely sized enclosures, use your judgment, you'll probably be fine here. For adults a 3 x 2 x 2 will work (height by width by depth). And for an adult pair, 4 by 3 by 2 is fine.

If there's anyother questions you need answered I'd be glad to help. Check these websites for more info.

www.rhacodactylus.net (proprietor is Bobby Pruett)

Leachianus Mailing list @ yahoo groups. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/leachianus/)

For other info, check the gecko archives on kingsnake.com

Good Luck

Ian





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