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Old 15-07-2009, 01:14 PM
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Hi, I have rececently 'rescued' a blue tongue from a friend. They have been feeding him cat food for the past year and I was told he wont eat anything else. He is on the verge of being obese. I was just wanting to know if anyone has any tips on how to get him back onto normal food. He has taken a couple of bits of the can o snails and has had a pinkie but will not touch anything else.

If anyone has any ideas, they will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 15-07-2009, 01:41 PM
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Also, I have been reading about UV. I have a 5.0 on him at the moment, he has plenty of places to hide as I have been told that UV is damaging to their eyes. I do not know whether I should remove the UV or keep it
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Old 16-07-2009, 01:37 PM
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I would keep the UV, Katie - as diurnal lizards, they will benefit from having it.

As long as he can get OUT of the light, he'll be fine.

With the feeding... I would hold out. Give him bowls of chopped greens/butternut squash with some sliced sweet fruit like nectarine or better yet papaya, scatter a couple of morio or mealworms on top... and then do not give him meaty foods at all until you're sure he's eating the veggies.

If he's obese, having a few hungry days won't do him any real harm, as long as he has the option to eat the food that's available.
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Old 16-07-2009, 11:06 PM
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Thank you, Ill give it a go and let you know how he gets on
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Old 16-07-2009, 11:15 PM
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Meal worms, crickets, locusts.

Try anything, cat food is ok in small doses, just like pinkys and can o snail.

I would buy a bulk of Giant african land snails - try ebay or somone who has extra.

Mine loves them.

Put the meal worms in a veg/fruit mix and the movement should stimualte him to eat fresh.

Or squash a snail up in the veg, not nice but he'll eat it GOOD LUCK, PICS?
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Old 18-07-2009, 08:56 AM
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Thanks, I'll try and get some pics on soon. I've got loads of snails, my friend works in a pet shop and it just so happens that they have hundreds of babies!!!!
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