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    Exclamation #21---Cryptosporidiosis: disinfecting, Mail Order test, + links


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    "Vets should now be able to test for crypto via a swab of the vent which makes it unnecessary to provide fresh feces."


    "If you're concerned about crypto 'here's your best bet: take him to the vet to be tested for crypto. In 2 months, have him re-tested. There's no absolute guarantee, but it's likely that if he's negative both times, you may be OK.'

    "I know crypto is contagious (I have a houseful of crypto positive geckos), but if you consider the number of geckos in pet stores that are crypto positive, where the pet stores don't decontaminate properly, and the fact that the gecko that probably brought the crypto to my collection was sold to me by a reputable breeder, if it were 100% transmissible, there would probably not be any geckos in captivity that didn't have crypto."

    "If the gecko had watery stools, lost (considerable) weight, and died very skinny, it could have been crypto."

    Aliza (December 2017 & April 2019)

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    Ammonia and bleach should never be mixed. That combination will emit toxic fumes which are bad for both you and the animals.

    "If you want to be absolutely sure when disinfecting, use ammonia. Ammonia is the only thing effective at killing crypto, giardia, and coccidia oocysts."

    ---Thanks to Mardy (10 July 2013)

    However, even ammonia does not totally eradicate ALL oocysts. Even at the highest concentration of ammonia, a small fraction of viable oocysts still remain.
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    For detailed Cryptosporidiosis information click: Cryptosporidium for Birds and Reptiles

    "Animal Genetics offers PCR testing for Cryptosporidium in both birds and reptiles.
    Cryptosporidium does affect many other animals including humans.


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    Use ammonia to sterilize a glass tank. Bleach does not kill crypto. Toss the cage furniture.

    "I want to explain the reason why I think it is best to just throw everything out. I have read several of these and the results varied.

    ---Thanks to cricket4u

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    Can anything help cryptosporidiosis?

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    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-28-2019 at 01:47 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #22---***GU's Admin Hilde on Calcium, Vitamin A, & D3 interactions, et cetera***

    Hilde's reply to Leopard Gecko Banunu's thread: origin of flap under Banunu's chin---
    "That skin flap under her chin is one of the signs of a Vitamin A (and possibly Vit D) shortage in at least the mother, if not both parents.

    You mentioned they claimed to have had a 'bad batch' of leopards, and you also suspect she has poor vision. She had a bad shed to the point where she lost some toes. This all adds up to a Vit A/D shortage in her, and in the parents which then affected their offspring. By any chance, did you notice if any of the geckos in that 'bad batch' had nicked/split eyelids?

    VITAMIN A:
    : Promotes bone growth, teeth development.
    : Helps form and maintain healthy skin, hair, mucous membranes.
    : Builds body's resistance to respiratory infections.
    : Essential for normal function of retina. Combines with purple pigment of retina (opsin) to form rhodopsin, which is necessary for sight in partial darkness.
    : Necessary for proper testicular function, ovarian function, embryonic development, regulation of growth, differentiation of tissues.

    • 19 March 2016: "The vitamin A from animal sources is called retinol, while plant source vitamin A is carotenoids, such as beta-carotene.

      "Animal sources of retinol are bio-available, the gecko can use it 'as is', no extra processing needed. The vitamin A from plant sources has to be converted to retinol before it can be used.

      "This is what the geckos have trouble with - they don't absorb beta-carotene very well, so they don't have enough to convert to the 'finished' vitamin A. Some species also seem to have trouble converting it to pre-formed vitamin A (retinol).

      "You can increase the beta-carotene rich content of the gutload as much as you want, but it won't benefit the geckos any. They still can't convert it properly, no matter how much you stuff into a cricket."

    VITAMIN D:
    : Plays a key role in the absorption of calcium for bone and tooth development.
    : Affects cardiovascular health, immune system, cancer prevention
    : Has a major role in muscle development & strength
    : Key role in mental health and depression avoidance

    VITAMINS A & D interaction with other substances:
    : Calcium decreases absorption of fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K.

    You can't see the Vitamin A shortage easily, except for possibly poor vision and/or aim when hunting. Rough skin is usually shrugged off as a 'bit of a bad shed' and hope it works better next time. If not.... well, we'll just remove the stuck skin with a cotton pad.

    Lethargy and weakness might be chalked up to many things including boredom or brumation, never a thought that it could hint at a Vitamin D shortage.

    CALCIUM - excess:
    Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D (we won't worry about E & K here). MBD is often considered to be caused by a shortage of calcium, but can happen even though there is ample calcium available. If there's not enough Vit D available, either stored in the liver or absorbed via food/supplements, then there won't be enough calcium absorbed. If you suspect a calcium shortage, it's easy to increase the amount available by dusting more often, even to the point of 'icing' the bugs with calcium, all of which just puts more calcium into the intestines but allowing less and less Vitamin A & D to be absorbed.... a vicious circle. The result is a gecko with possible MBD (even if it gets a calcium supplement), and a severe shortage of Vitamin A & D.

    And so it continues.... more calcium, less vitamin A & D.

    The next big worry is the next generation. Vitamin A and/or D imbalance can affect the young - offspring might hatch tiny, maybe shorter than normal tails, missing or deformed eyelids, a pouch-like flap of skin under the chin (looks like a tiny dewlap), weak, poor vision or even blind, weak or even deformed bones, including skull. It gets shrugged off as one of those things, after all, even in the wild they don't all hatch perfect.

    Who would have thought that it could be traced to excess calcium?

    Some people shy away from supplementing with pre-formed Vitamin A. It's been proven that geckos need it, they can't convert beta-carotene well enough to make do with just that. If the parents of your gecko were only supplemented with beta-carotene, no pre-formed Vit A, then they were prime candidates for a Vit A deficiency, and their offspring suffered the consequences. At the very least, add some pre-formed Vit A to the supplements a few times a month. Most can be beta-carotene, but the bit of pre-formed A will tide them over until they get enough beta-carotene converted."

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    Related post #48 here: Can plain calcium carbonate be overdosed? Check link from post #5 onwards......
    http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...-question.html
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 01-05-2019 at 08:06 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Smile #23---Cricket Guidelines

    Click: http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...uidelines.html

    ~ Hassle-free Cricket Care ~
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    • Reduce the frequency of powdered supplements if you feed your insects and worms a high quality dry diet 24/7 like Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food, Albers' All Purpose Poultry Feed, or Purina Layena Sunfresh Crumbles.
    • Exceptional gecko thirst could be a red flag that you are overdoing the multivitamins and/or the vitamin D3.
    • Gecko urates should be pure white. Yellow urates are NOT good.

    Strive for a ratio of 1.5-2.0 calcium:1.0 phosphorus from the foods we feed insects and subsequently feed our geckos.

    Keep the dry diet DRY! Remove the paper towel to dampen.

    Click USDA Foods list: Foods List

    Click for research on dry insect diets: http://www.timberlinefisheries.com/v...20crickets.pdf

    Some Very Good 24/7 Dry Cricket Diets
    (1) Finely ground Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food......Thanks to GU's Geckologist.tj (October 2013)

    (2) Albers' All Purpose Poultry Feed: 800-457-2804

    (3) Purina Layena Sunfresh Crumbles

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    By following these tips it is very easy to keep your crickets alive and thriving one to two months past purchase:

    Take a suitably sized container, for instance, an extra large Kritter Keeper or a 56 quart Sterilite bin. Place finely ground Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food, Albers' All Purpose Poultry Feed, or Purina Layena Sunfresh Crumbles on the bottom of the cage. Vitamin A acetate is an important ingredient of the dry food. Add your crickets. Next cover with a double layer of egg cartons. On top of the egg cartons place a paper towel. Keep crickets between 70 F and the mid 80s. They will grow faster if warmer, but do fine at 70 F.

    Add high calcium/low phosphorus veggies to the side like collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, and dandelion flowers/greens.

    Spray the paper towel generously once a day to provide moisture for your crickets. Some people use water gel crystals.

    General Mills' dry cereal whole grain TOTAL can be used in a pinch.

    Do not feed insects dog food, cat food, or fish flakes. Those are way too high in protein and fat and potentially could cause hepatic lipidosis and gout. Foods containing high purine and high alkaline levels should be limited. Those foods fed in excess can increase uric acid and make your reptile more susceptible to gout as well.

    Do not feed freeze-dried or canned insects or worms to your geckos. All geckos need moisture from well-hydrated prey as well as the nutrients such prey provides.

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    25 Feb 2013 - Hilde
    "The only way to properly regulate vitamin and mineral intake, calcium in particular, is to only supply it via gutloading and dusting. Dusting is only secondary, the most important thing is to use the proper gutload."

    2 March 2013 - Hilde
    Captured from post #134, 27 Feb 2013, on "spoiled by crickets" thread in the crestie forum:
    "If you feed the insects a decent diet full time, not just a day before feeding them off, you really improve the nutrients they'll provide - build a better body, not just fill the relatively short intestinal tract."

    Scroll to the 3rd post in that /\ thread for suggestions about breeding crickets.

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    "Light supplemental dusting" of crickets, Blaptica dubia, and mealworms is like a "sprinkling of powdered sugar upon a cake". Using a tall plastic deli cup add a pinch of the vitamin or calcium powder in the bottom, then add crickets, then gently swirl. A 1 tablespoon sized measuring spoon can be used to scoop crickets out of this container.

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    "Gutloading" the Feeders 24-48 hours before feeding them off versus Feeding the Feeders 24/7
    The term gutloading causes some confusion. Feed your geckos' insects and worms a nutritious regular diet all the time to build strong feeder bodies.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-31-2016 at 08:28 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #24---Calcium powders WITH D3: Zoo Med, Rep-Cal, Fluker, Exo Terra, + others

    Zoo Med Repti Calcium with vitamin D3---phosphorus-free ***Highly RECOMMENDED***
    38%-43% precipitated calcium carbonate
    Vitamin D3: 22,907 IU/kg, 10,390 IU/pound

    Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 Reptile supplement is a phosphorus-free calcium supplement for reptiles and amphibians. We use only precipitated calcium carbonate which is white in color and is essentially lead free. Pure calcium carbonate is white, not gray. Impurities in other sources of calcium carbonate (e.g. oyster shell calcium) cause the supplement to appear gray. The calcium carbonate particles in Repti Calcium have a unique shape, and an extremely high surface area per gram, resulting in increased calcium bioavailability. With Repti Calcium, you can take comfort in knowing that your reptiles are getting a highly bioavailable source of calcium carbonate that is free of harmful impurities. Reptiles maintained indoors may benefit from supplemental vitamin D3 in their diet. Our formula contains safe levels of vitamin D3 when used as prescribed.

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    Rep-Cal Calcium with vitamin D3---phosphorus-free...... Extremely high D3 content & oyster shell calcium carbonate
    35%-40% natural oyster shell calcium carbonate
    Vitamin D3: 400,000 IU/kg

    At 400,000 IU/kg, D3 Rep-Cal calcium contains 17x more D3 than does Zoo Med's D3 Repti Calcium!

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    Fluker's Calcium with vitamin D3---phosphorus-free...... Extremely high D3 content
    Click: Fluker's Calcium with D3
    No less than 36% Ca from limestone flour, flavor
    Vitamin D3 minimum: 100,000 IU/pound

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    Exo Terra's Calcium with vitamin D3---phosphorus-free...... Contains dextrose (sugar) & oyster shell flour

    Click: Exo Terra : Calcium + D3 / Calcium + D3 Powder Supplement

    1. North America
    INGREDIENTS:
    Calcium carbonate, oyster shell flour, dextrose, Vitamin D3 supplement.

    GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
    • Moisture (max) 12.0%
    • Calcium (min) 35.0%
    • Calcium (max) 37.0%
    • Vitamin D3 14,740 IU/lb (XXX IU/kg)

    2. EU
    INGREDIENTS:
    Calcium carbonate (35%), ground oyster shells, salt.
    Contains EU permitted additives.

    EU TYPICAL ANALYSIS:
    • Calcium 35%
    • Vitamin D3 65 mg/kg

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    Here's what I know about Exo Terra multivitamins. It's important for geckos to have a wee pinch of preformed vitamin A (retinol) in their diets at one feeding per week.

    Exo Terra multivitamins contain beta carotene instead of preformed vitamin A (retinol). Chances are geckos cannot metabolize beta carotene. So Vitamin A deficiency would result. Exo Terra multivitamins also fall short on vitamins and minerals, such as missing vitamin B12.

    post 77---Reptile Multivitamins
    Click: Exo Terra : Multi Vitamin / Multi Vitamin Powder Supplement

    I recommend switching to Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins without D3 and Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 (2 separate bottles).

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    Repashy's Calcium Plus all-in-one multivitamins


    INGREDIENTS:
    Calcium Carbonate, Dried Kelp, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, RoseHips, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Hibiscus Flower, Algae Meal, Turmeric, Rosemary Extract, Natural Fruit Flavor, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement).

    GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
    • Crude Protein min. .2%
    • Crude Fat min. .2%
    • Crude Fiber max. 4%
    • Moisture max. 8%
    • Calcium min. 17%
    • Vitamin A min. 200,000 IU/lb
    • Vitamin D min. 20,000 IU/lb
    • Vitamin E min. 2,000 IU/lb

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    Click: National Geographic™ Calcium Supplement Powder | Health & Wellness | PetSmart --

    INGREDIENTS: Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin D3 Supplement

    GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:
    • Max. Moisture 2.0%
    • Min. Calcium 0.38%
    • Min. Vit. D3 45,359 IU/kg

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    Sticky Tongue Farm's Miner-All Indoor calcium/mineral supplement with vitamin D3
    vitamin D3: 4,400 IU/kg

    INGREDIENTS:
    Calcium Carbonate, Dextrose, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, D-Activated Animal Sterol (source of Vitamin D-3 Miner-All Indoor only), Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethyione Diamine Dihydriod ide,Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Iron Oxide, Natural Berry flavors

    TRACE ELEMENTS (from aquatic naturally grown aquatic vegetation):
    Sulfur, Aluminum, Silicon, Copper, Bromine, Barium, Tellurium, Yttrium, Sodium, Lanthanum, Uranium, Neodymium, 44 Cerium, Titanium, Vanadium, Niobium, Dysporosium, Gadolinium, Erbium, Ytterbium, Germinium, Praseodymium, Samarium, Thallium, Scandium, Rubidium, Nickel, Holmium, Tin, Thorium, Europium, Terbium, Palladium, Gallium, Chromium, Lutecium, Thulium, Tungsten, Antimony, Cesium, Bismuth, Rhodium, Tantalum, Rhenium, Osmium, Iridium.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-30-2019 at 02:24 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #25---All about Dandelions + other nutrition links

    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 05-25-2019 at 06:14 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #26---Tony Perkins’ product links for his Class Leo Cleo -- LG Care Sheet Video

    (~18 November 2012)

    Hey all,

    I finally have my setup the way that I am going to keep it, with the exception of a hanging vine or two for the back corners of the enclosure. I was doing some math to figure up how much money I have invested in all of this, and thought I would take a minute to share the products that I use and the cost associated with them.

    When adding all the products together I have spent about $370.00, not including shipping and handling of the stuff I ordered online. The products that I am using and links to them are below:

    Aquarium

    Heating and Lighting

    Background

    Substrate

    Furnishings

    Vitamins and Supplements
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-26-2017 at 06:12 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Smile #27---Seramis Incubation Medium

    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-04-2017 at 05:02 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #28---Pros & Cons of Common Substrates......Melissa Kaplan -- Jan 2014

    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-26-2017 at 06:20 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #29---Zoo Med's ReptiVite™ multivitamins with Scott Stahl, DVM

    Zoo Med's D3 ReptiVite™ multivitamins
    • vitamin D3 = 22,907 IU/kg, 10,390 IU/pound
    • vitamin A acetate (retinol) = 220,264 IU/kg
    • calcium = 24.9% min, 28% max
    • phosphorus = 10.6% minimum, but NO maximum listed

    ***Zoo Med's plain (no D3) ReptiVite™***
    • vitamin A acetate =
    • calcium =
    • phosphorus =

    + ***Zoo Med's D3 Repti Calcium---phosphorus-free***
    • vitamin D3 - 22,907 IU/kg, 10,390 IU/pound
    • precipitated calcium carbonate = 38%-43%


    Lightly dust insects or worms with ReptiVite™ without D3 @ 1 feeding per week, no more than that. Also lightly dust insects or worms with Repti Calcium with D3 @ 1 other feeding per week.

    • Do not exceed the weekly amount of ReptiVite™ per body weight. Spread the total amount of dusted insects throughout the week. That provides a more balanced diet. Some of us are uncomfortable dusting as frequently as suggested. Instead feed insects and worms a high quality dry diet 24/7 to cover the basics. Add high calcium, low phosphorus, veggies to the side.

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    Click: Cork Rounds drying out my geckos feetsies?

    "Dr. Scott Stahl, the premiere reptile vet, highly recommends the Zoo Med product, ReptiVite™. Originally formulated for zoos, it seems to work better than any other product I've tried including the Repashy supplements.

    "My gut load mix includes paprika for Vitamin A. I also include carrot and dandelion greens for their moisture and other vitamins and nutrients. Plant-based vitamins and minerals are always more assimilable that manufactured supplements." Thanks to GU's billewicz (Michael)

    (Reptivite with D3)

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    With vitamin D3: ReptiVite

    Without vitamin D3: ReptiVite? without D3

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    "Zoo Med is proud to offer ReptiVite™ with D3, a complete vitamin, mineral, and amino acid complex specifically formulated for reptiles. ReptiVite™ is calcium based to ensure healthy bone growth with the correct 2:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio. Originally developed for the San Diego Zoo to correct soft-shell problems in turtles, it is now used by some of the most respected zoos and animal parks throughout the world. The first reptile vitamin to include the complete amino acid complex, an essential component in protein digestion. ReptiVite™ does not contain artificial additives or fillers like soy, yeast, or sucrose."

    Guaranteed Analysis: Ingredients
    Dicalcium Phosphate, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate, Maltodextrins, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Magnesium Oxide, L-Leucine, Manganese Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, L-Arginine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, a-Tocopherol Acetate, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Glutamine, L-Alanine, L-Glutamic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Phenylalanine, Dried Kelp, L-Tyrosine, Lecithin, Ferrous Fumarate, L-Cystine, L-Histidine, Glycine, DL-Methionine, L-Serine, L-Aspartic Acid, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Thiamine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

    Moisture & Minerals
    % or PPM
    per kg
    • Moisture (max) 2.5 %
    • Calcium (min) 24.9 % 249,000 mg
    • Calcium (max) 28.0 % 280,000 mg
    • Phosphorus (min) 10.6 % 105,730 mg
    • Salt (min) 4.2 % 42,000 mg
    • Salt (max) 4.9 % 49,000 mg
    • Potassium (min) 1.7 % 17,621 mg
    • Magnesium (min) 0.26 % 2,670 mg
    • Fluorine (max) 0.01 % 100 mg
    • Iron (min) 450 ppm 450 mg
    • Copper (min) 225 ppm 225 mg
    • Manganese (min) 1,000 ppm 1,000 mg
    • Zinc (min) 450 pp 450 mg
    • Iodine (min) 2.15 ppm 2.15 mg

    Vitamins & Nutrients
    (minimum amounts)
    per lb
    per kg
    • Vitamin A (acetate) 99,910 IU 220,264 IU
    • Vitamin D3 10,390 IU/kg, 22,907 IU/pound
    • Vitamin E 1,000 IU 2,200 IU
    • Vitamin K (Menadione) 20.43 mg 45.00 mg
    • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 1,406.2 mg 3,100.0 mg
    • Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 83.92 mg 185.0 mg
    • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 124.7 mg 275.0 mg
    • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 861.8 mg 1,900.0 mg
    • Niacin 303.9 mg 670.0 mg
    • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) 30.4 mg 67.0 mg
    • Folic Acid 48.5 mg 107.0 mg
    • Biotin 12.2 mg 27.0 mg
    • Vitamin B12 3.04 mg 6.70 mg
    • Choline 848 mg 1,870 mg

    Amino Acids
    (minimum amounts)
    %
    per kg
    • L-Glutamine 0.24 % 2,400 mg
    • L-Arginine 0.36 % 3,550 mg
    • L-Isoleucine 0.26 % 2,550 mg
    • L-Threonine 0.24 % 2,390 mg
    • L-Tyrosine 0.18 % 1,760 mg
    • L-Valine 0.27 % 2,670 mg
    • Glycine 0.12 % 1,160 mg
    • L-Methionine 0.12 % 1,160 mg
    • L-Aspartic Acid 0.10 % 1,000 mg
    • L-Glutamic Acid 0.24 % 2,400 mg
    • L-Histidine 0.13 % 1,260 mg
    • L-Lysine 0.36 % 3,550 mg
    • L-Leucine 0.44 % 4,440 mg
    • L-Alanine 0.24 % 2,400 mg
    • L-Cystine 0.13 % 1,280 mg
    • L-Phenylalanine 0.23 % 2,290 mg
    • L-Serine 0.12 % 1,160 mg"
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-13-2017 at 06:16 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Smile #30---Proven Trap for Catching Escaped Geckos


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    This worked for me once when a small tiger gecko darted underneath my kitchen cupboards.

    • Take an 8 inch x 8 inch baking pan
    • Add small water dish with pebbles
    • Cover pan and water dish with egg carton flat
    • Add small lid of mashed bananas or fruit baby food OR some small crickets as "bait"
    • Mostly cover the whole thing with a lightweight cotton kitchen towel
    • Set this under a desk lamp containing a 25 or 40 watt bulb

    WAIT............

    You may find the gecko inside after some hours. Be prepared for the next step.
    • Have a deli cup or some other plastic container nearby as well as a flat piece of cardboard for a cover
    • Trap the gecko beneath the plastic container
    • Slide the cardboard underneath as a lid


    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-07-2016 at 04:02 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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