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Posted by DeadFrog on April 29, 2003 at 13:02:58:
In Reply to: New to the Forum posted by DeadFrog on April 29, 2003 at 01:27:30:
Thanks everyone for their imput!
I guess I was just a bit confused by the disparity between the Kingsnake care sheets and the Uromastyx care sheets. The Uros arent as forgiving, and need some special conditions (though not as much as say, chameleons).
As far as feeding, I guess I haven't had a problem yet because she's eaten only hoppers, they seem to be scared of her. Plus she hunts them right away. When I start feeding slightly bigger stuff, I think I'll give them a whack before putting them in. I figured it would be healthy exercise to let her hunt live prey.
Frozen mice? Well, when it got really cold one night this winter, and the mouse froze to death, she wouldn't touch it (but she ate a fresh one the next day even though it was 55 in the house). I guess I could try the frozen stuff if it's available at my local pet store.
I agree about feeding them smaller items. I have done that lately, and it seems that they digest it better/faster/grow faster, so I will lean towards smaller prey.
**and the smell of prey on your hands**
I guess the smell of lizards isn't as strong as having the rodent smell on you hands, since I've not been bitten.
**Impaction can occur with just about any substrate (except newspaper). I use aspen and it hasn't happened yet, but it can.**
I'm switching to turf, because I'm tranferring her to a larger tank.
Good luck with your herps and God bless,