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Posted by amylp on October 25, 2002 at 14:16:07:
In Reply to: Re: UV Light and lizard coloration posted by Les4toads on October 23, 2002 at 11:12:00:
Well, then we're in BUSINESS!
Les, thanks for the hibernation advice. I bought a timer and have started shortening the days. I am considering transfering him to a chilly garage for full hibernation if he stops coming out to eat.
I read that I am to do that in December? He's definitely going under the sand for longer and longer periods of time, and he looks healthy, rounder, and even BIGGER, to me. Also, he is not afraid of the ants anymore. I can feed him 2 in the AM so he gets a snack when he wakes up, and then I feed him 2-3 when I come home for lunch, and leave 1 or 2 in for him if he emerges before I turn off the lights. Usually, one is leftover from the day, and I drop in a teeny bit of apple that it gloms on to until the lizard pops up the next morning.
He eats 3-5 ants per day, defecates twice (packed with ant bodies, Hooray!)
So, I am guessing we are good? I hope it lasts. I am considering taking him back in Springtime. Good idea, or no? There is just no way to get him to Gabb's Valley, (Mineral County) NV until then, and it is SOOO cold there now.
Thanks for everyone's advice, you're all beautiful generous folks.
PS. I ordered 200 ants from Ants Alive, and 500 from Tukes. The 500 from Tukes came from Ants Alive, and they were smaller and darker than the original batch. Anyone have a clue as to why that could be? I thought it was surprising. And weird.
Ants are doing well too; they like romaine lettuce, apple cores, and damp paper towels as well as a fine spritz of water every day.