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I would never use Bone meal as a cal source...


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Posted by azteclizard on May 07, 2003 at 15:33:53:

In Reply to: Update: Female laying without beening with a male. *MIKE* posted by mikecoscia on May 07, 2003 at 10:57:44:

for this reason among others...
"Do not take bone meal or dolomite calcium as a supplement. Bone meal
calcium comes from slaughterhouse animals' bones. Both may be
contaminated with toxic metals such as arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium
and others. Animals as well as people store heavy metal toxins in their
bones. Any heavy metals you have ever been exposed to, are stored in
your bones. Grinding them up doesn't rid the bones of heavy metals.
Leaded paint and leaded gas have added greatly to our lead exposure also."

here is a link to the source of info. http://www.dietitian.com/calcium.html . If you want to learn more calcium and quality sources, I would suggest a google search. Rep-cal is fine, though it has high conc. of d3. You might want to use the one with out d3 for a dish. Minerall I is even better.
:Liz,
:Calcium carbonate is a porous rock. I would not give it to your geckos it is more of a substrate for desert species. It has to be milled into a powder to be of any use for supplementation (for reptiles anyway). It could also cause impaction. Bone meal is a human calcium supplement and you should be able to find it at any vitamin store. Cuttle bone comes a type of squid. It is a calcium source (and beak trimmer) for birds. Any pet store has it; just crush it up (easily done) into a powder. Your very welcome and I wish you the best of luck =).
:-Mike

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