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    Smile #136---Temp Home for links


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    Click & scroll to post 4 (blondebrowncoat on Inkbird thermostats):
    • Inkbird's thermostat: INK306T
    • GU's blondebrown coat states: "I love it! It keeps very true temps, has a max/min customizable threshold, day and night temp settings, and an alarm if temps get out of whack."
    • Click: Noob Inherited A Leo



    Amazon: digital thermostats from $20 (Apollo) (Andy Hauser)

    Click: Vetective? - Exotic Mammal Veterinarian Search
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-13-2017 at 01:48 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"
    Click:
    Leopard Gecko Caresheet
    Health Questionnaire

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus) ~ (H. garnotii)

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    Smile #137---Arcadia's EarthPro-A......multivitamin & multi-mineral supplement

    Available in the USA from LightYourReptiles.com

    Available in the UK from Swell Reptiles.

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    Arcadia EarthPro-A's multivitamin/multi-mineral product description
    EarthPro-A is a potent dietary supplement that will help supply all the essential vitamins and minerals that a captive exotic needs in a safe and natural way.

    Potent carotenoids and bee pollen are used to cater safely for vitamin A and to aid digestion and growth. The product contains NO synthetics that can be easily over or under dosed. Importation from England has been approved by the FDA exclusively for LightYourReptiles.com!

    We are excited to be able to offer such a high quality supplement. Especially since it contains bee pollen, a supplement that is naturally occurring in the diet of most reptiles and many amphibians.

    Herbivorous reptiles ingest pollen in the plants and flowers they eat. Insectivorous and carnivorous get it either gut loaded in the prey items they eat or on the prey's bodies.

    Bee pollen naturally has the following nutrients:
    • Vitamins: Provitamin A, B-1 Thiamin, B-2 Riboflavin, B-3 Nancin, B-5, B-6 Pyridoxine, B-12 (cyanocobalamine), Pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, F, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin H, Vitamin K, Vitamin PP, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, Rutin.
    • Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Boron, Silica, and Titanium.
    • Other: Amino Acid, Carbohydrates, Fatty Acids, Enzymes & Co-Enzymes, Fats.
    • Bee Pollen contains at least 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates and approximately 25 % protein. Bee pollen is extremely rich in carotenes, which are metabolic precursors of vitamin A. It is also high In B complex and vitamins C, D, E and Lecithin.

    EarthPro-A also contains mineral clay, a natural source of minerals along with protein powder for added vitality.

    Try Arcadia EarthPro-A today and you will be hooked. We recommend dusting 2 to 4 times a week with EarthPro-A.


    Repashy's Calcium Plus is designed to be used at every feeding. Not everyone uses it that way. It contains both pre-formed vitamin A (retinol) and pro-formed vitamin A (carotenoids) as sources of Vitamin A.

    • A wee bit of vitamin A acetate (retinol) weekly is necessary in order for some lizards to utilize pro-formed vitamin A (beta carotene).
    • Vitamin A is fat soluble and sticks around in the gecko's body for a while.
    • I know Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food contains A acetate.
    • As far as possible provide nutrients via the feeder diet. Let the feeders be your main source of supplemention for your geckos.


    Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D.


    If you're using a calcium + D3 product, you really don't want D3 in your multivitamin.

    Make sure, as much as possible, to choose phosphorus-free supplements.

    Exo Terra produces an inferior line of supplements.

    Exo Terra multivitamins
    • no vitamin A acetate
    • only beta carotene
    • fall short on vitamins
    • missing B12
    • lack much calcium

    Exo Terra calcium + D3
    • made from oyster shell calcium instead of pure precipitated calcium carbonate
    • contains dextrose
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-08-2017 at 06:42 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"
    Click:
    Leopard Gecko Caresheet
    Health Questionnaire

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus) ~ (H. garnotii)

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    Smile #138---More Info (8 Feb 2017)


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    Click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2roGuLCEVQ

    JTB's link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leADmIhe6QI
    • Consider buying the book mentioned on this video: Reptile & Amphibian Nutrition...by John Courteney-Smith (sp?). I'm not familiar with it.

    You're searching for a vitamin A acetate (retinol) source. That's pre-formed vitamin A. Vitamin A acetate helps a lizard metabolize the beta carotene (pro-formed vitamin A) in it's diet. Not the other way around.
    • Consider dusting crickets and bugs with the finely ground powder of the dry diet to provide vitamin A acetate.
    • Scroll through my Leo Guidelines for a post(s) by Ivan Alfonso, DVM, about vitamin A and the research. They are there.
    • Click: Gecko Time: Vitamin A Deficiency

    Use Nutrobal instead of Exo Terra's multivitamin. Nutrobal is an excellent! It contains 46% precipitated calcium carbonate (not oyster shell calcium)! Give your new leo a better chance with Nutrobal!

    The cricket/dubia diet I use right now is finely ground Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food. It's a great blend of ingredients. Compare those ingredients to the Exo Terra food you mention. Occasionally I also use Cricket Crack and 100% alfalfa meal.

    • Feeders: Feed the highest quality dry diet 24/7 that you can afford to cover the basics.
    • Supplement that dry diet with high calcium, low phosphorus, veggies (collards, dandelion flowers/greens, mustard, & turnip) greens.
    • A 24/7 dry diet should not include wheat germ or wheat bran. Wheat germ and wheat bran are way too high in phosphorus!
    • For juvie and sub-adult leos, males, and non-breeding female leos my schedule suggests adequate calcium "dosages".
    • Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D.
    • "D3 serves the function of breaking down calcium. While this makes it an essential nutrient, it also means that too much D3 breaks down ALL the calcium, and results in just as severe a calcium deficiency as if your gecko wasn't being given any supplements.
      You should not dust with D3 more than about once per week. [Samurai Drifter -- Jan 2017]"
    • TetraMin Fish Flakes contain 47% protein! In 1988 TetraMin Fish Flakes were recommended to me as a cricket diet by a chameleon breeder who also suggested kitten, cat, puppy, dog food samples pet stores give out. All bad news, I believe.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-08-2017 at 02:58 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"
    Click:
    Leopard Gecko Caresheet
    Health Questionnaire

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus) ~ (H. garnotii)

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