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Posted by Allen Repashy on January 30, 2003 at 18:17:25:
In Reply to: Crested Diet posted by captive_science on January 29, 2003 at 21:24:57:
kelp is one of the best sources of trace minerals on the planet, but it can also be a very dangerous addition to diets. The reason for this is the iodine content. Too much iodine can be a very bad thing. It can interfere with thyroid function and cause goitre's, and effect the immune system. In animal research, levels over 1% has been shown to cause major problems in some species.
I would never use more than 1% in any regularly fed diet. In the T_Rex formulation, it is included at a .005, or .5% level. This is on a dry matter basis of course. The way you are feeding kelp is way too much as far as I can tell. Not alot is known about iodine levels in herps, but why chance it.
When you consider that a 4 ounce jar of baby food is 85% water, you are putting a lot of kelp in on a DMB and I would be very careful.... just a FYI for you guys out there...