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Posted by AE on April 18, 2003 at 12:25:01:
In Reply to: Re: sleepy cham posted by Carlton on April 17, 2003 at 15:48:29:
:Thanks for the info. Ah, one issue I see right off is vitamins. I didn't see where any were given. If your gutload is not full of fresh leafy greens, fruits, fortified grains, etc. he's probably got some vitamin deficiencies. MinerAll is not a vitamin supplement really, but is good for minerals. Many cham keepers these days either gutload with the homemade recipe from www.adcham.com, or purchase a high quality one from www.herpnutrition.com. For vitamins you should only need to dust about once every 10 days, but for your cham right now you'll need to do it more often to make up the deficiency. Neither calcium nor Baytril will do anything to help this, so your vet was on the wrong track. Without some vitamin supplementation he's not able to get all the benefit from his lighting (which sounded fine BTW). Another thing that might help him is to get him out in "real" sunlight when the weather is right. Even an hour a few times a week would help.
I live in Michigan, so it's still pretty tough to get him outside right now, but a few days ago it got up to 84 degrees and I took him out for about an hour and half.Soon the weather will be nice though.
Anyway thanks a lot for the helpful info.