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WoogieWoogford 15-02-2015 05:48 PM

Leo will not eat dusted food
 
I bought a little leo last weekend, he started eating mealworms pretty much straight away, trouble is any that are dusted with the calcium d3 supplement he tends to give them a lick and turns his nose up, so tried him on crickets for the first time yesterday, he had 1 that wasn't dusted, 2nd one was dusted, he caught it but let it go then wasnt interested in anymore that were dusted, happily ate 2 more that were not!

I know its early days but id like to know if its something to worry about, anyone else had this problem? How long can they go with d3 until problems occur?

Thanks

CloudForest 15-02-2015 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by WoogieWoogford (Post 12146290)
I bought a little leo last weekend, he started eating mealworms pretty much straight away, trouble is any that are dusted with the calcium d3 supplement he tends to give them a lick and turns his nose up, so tried him on crickets for the first time yesterday, he had 1 that wasn't dusted, 2nd one was dusted, he caught it but let it go then wasnt interested in anymore that were dusted, happily ate 2 more that were not!

I know its early days but id like to know if its something to worry about, anyone else had this problem? How long can they go with d3 until problems occur?

Thanks

probably overdoing the dust, doesn't need much at all

when i dusted roaces and mealworms, i'd just put a bit over one single insect, and then leave them to roam about in a dish, eventually there was a very light dusting on all of them

yes its definitely something to worry about, without D3, they will get very very ill (although it wont happen over night, weeks to months and problems will gradually occur), but i recon ur just over doing it :)


better bet tho, if your leo isn't Albino, is UVB lighting rather than D3 supplements

Tongue Flicker 17-02-2015 10:22 PM

i have one similar leo. He lets go of the cricket once he tastes the powder. what i do is let him lick the powder separately in a small dish twice a week. works and even keeps my tank dust-free lol

Serious D 17-02-2015 10:36 PM

I had the same problem when I use to keep Leo's, but like Tongue Flicker, I kept a small shallow dish of calci powder in the viv with them at all times, that way they would just have a lick when ever they needed.

CloudForest 18-02-2015 01:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Serious D (Post 12148054)
I had the same problem when I use to keep Leo's, but like Tongue Flicker, I kept a small shallow dish of calci powder in the viv with them at all times, that way they would just have a lick when ever they needed.

this should always be provided, D3 dusting is additional, both are essential...providing simply Calcium (without D3 =mdb), or Calcium D3 (overdose and MDB like symptoms) is equally dangerous...or perhaps you didn't explain what you do quite right?


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