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Posted by azteclizard on May 07, 2003 at 22:23:47:
In Reply to: thanks... posted by mikecoscia on May 07, 2003 at 20:59:46:
Personally I don't think bone meal is a good idea even for that purpose. Elevated levels of phosphorus in the diet will inhibit calcium absorption. Suppose the gecko eats an nice meal of crix with calcium dust on it then decides to lap up some of the bone meal. More phosphorus than needed I would think. If you feel the need for a calcium dish in the enclosure, I would use straight cal carbonate and not have to worry about phosphate levels. That's just what I would do.
:Bill donít be sorry this is good info. The bonemeal brand I use is in a 2:1 ratio (maybe itís different in other brands?), which is recommended for reptiles. I was just mentioning birds to point out there is no need to worry about toxicity. However 2:1 is actually the same ratio recommended for birds. So it is good for either or. I never said anything about dusting crickets with the stuff, I def do not suggest that. By no means should it be substituted for normal reptile supplements. Maybe you misunderstood me. Itís just a means to provide egg laying females with extra calcium without worrying about excess D3. That is why I suggested it for Liz. Her crested is still needs to grow and she is already laying. So she could especially use it.