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Sounds like the mesh on your screen top is too large.


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Posted by Esther on June 24, 2002 at 18:01:53:

In Reply to: Longtail Goliath (Grass) Lizard posted by Chris on June 24, 2002 at 12:29:12:

Bottled food for anoles? Yuck! They like and thrive best on live food. So do grass lizards. Buy a new screen top that keeps your small crickets where they belong--in the tank. You can get it for a reasonable price through the mail, like www.thatpetplace.com. Make sure you give the critters a very good quality UVB light like a Reptisun 5.0, plenty of climbing vines and branches, mist them a couple times/day, and gut-load their crickets. Sprinkle the crickets with a good calcium powder supplement every other feeding.

BTW, grass lizards very often harbor black mites which hide in the deep belly scales they have. You should put the grass lizard in a tepid water bath to which you have added about 1/2 capful of Wesson oil. Make sure the water level is not more than 1/2" and WATCH the lizard while it's in there, maybe 20 minutes. You don't want a drowned lizard. The black mites will then hopefully begin to pop up from under the deep belly scales, and you can then pick them off with a fine forceps, to dump them into a paper cup containing a little rubbing alcohol, to kill them. Be very thorough in probing gently for these black mites. You can apply a bit more Wesson oil on a Q-tip to the belly only of the grass lizard, to further encourage the mites to pop out.





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