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    Currently her diet consists of 5-6 gut loaded and dusted mealworms every other day, occasionally a waxworm as well. 10 Crickets once a week or once every two weeks.
    The feeders are being given either sweet potato, carrots or both. I leave them in with veggies for a day or two then prep for feeding. Which entails putting about a teaspoon of both Rep-Cal and ZooMed each in a jar, placing the feeders in and swirling them around until they are covered. The teaspoon of each in the jar lasts multiple feedings.

    At the moment she is being fed about 5-6 large mealworms every other day, with a waxworm or two thrown in every other feeding. I will add that, before I was more educated on the subject, she was being fed about 10 - 15 crickets a week, dusted with just the ZooMed Calcium and D3. This was happening for about 3 years until I recently started reading more on the matter. Ironically her health seems to be declining now.

    Also a recent update, my other female started to display skin issues as well: scales cracking and lifting on her nose, skin seems to be turning paler. Her toes and nails seem fine, however. I have a newer male that, at the moment, seems to be unaffected by health issues.
    The problems you're noticing with both your females may be nutritional difficulties based upon long term care. Maybe that's why your newer male is OK.

    Dusting with vitamin D3 or multivitamin supplements more frequently than @ 1 feeding per week each could be harmful. D3 is fat soluble. A single dose sticks around in a gecko's body for about 1 week and metabolizes calcium all week long.

    Sweet potatoes and carrots are good foods to feed bugs and worms. However, it's impossible to get all the nutrients leos need from veggies alone. That's why a good dry diet is necessary 24/7.

    I finely grind Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food for my crickets with a pro-model KRUPS coffee/spice grinder. Professional Reptiles' Pro Gutload mix works well too.

    Dry Insect Diet: A 24/7 dry insect diet should contain (~16% protein, less than 5% fat, moderate fiber) + vitamin D3, vitamin A acetate (retinol) or vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin B12!

    1. ***Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food*** (Finely grind all these pellets in a Krups coffee/spice grinder or place the pellets in a plastic bag and pound them with a hammer.)
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    2. (Already ground) Pro Gutload diet (by Professional Reptiles)


    Other dry insect diets like Repashy's diets can be fed too. Don't use Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Diet!
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-22-2020 at 07:03 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    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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    Excellent, thank you Elizabeth! Substrate changed to paper towel, moist hide moved to warm side, diet changes observed and thermostats being looked into. I'll be watching closely over the next couple weeks for changes, will report back
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brucey View Post
    Excellent, thank you Elizabeth! Substrate changed to paper towel, moist hide moved to warm side, diet changes observed and thermostats being looked into. I'll be watching closely over the next couple weeks for changes, will report back
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to your update.
    "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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