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Posted by jimbo on April 24, 2003 at 16:37:06:
In Reply to: 2 questions, 1 important posted by nikki_c on April 24, 2003 at 16:09:38:
How many people recomend keeping a dish of water in your uros cage? Or will they get all the water they need from their vegies? Generally speaking, you should not need to put water in the cages, and for just the reason you mentioned. Geyrii (nigerian/saharan) uromastyx have been possible exceptions. Mine, Rocky in particular, often looks for the water dish, and has put his head under the stream while I'm pouring it in. The dish should be a shallow one, as you don't want to raise the humidity.
Also, can uros get colds? Kashka sneezes, or at least I think he does. And I can hear him breathing through his nose. And sometimes he gets flakey stuff right around each of his nostrils, but if I just touch it, it falls off. Sort of like a shed. And earlier, right before he did a big yawn, it almost looked like he was kinda panting, with his mouth open, only for a sec or two. Everything's normal. The white stuff is a way of the uro to excrete salt. The noise you hear is probably air going around the partial obstruction. The "yawn" is just one of the many ways to regulate their body temp.
Included is a picture of Runako doing the "yawn" thing, and below is Rocky drinking, then sitting up to "get it down."