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    Shane, that is a good looking animal, looks very healthy! I'm sure with all the prep and study you've done she will do very well with you! Looking forward to more pics as she grows and her patterns change out!

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    Thanks a lot guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zux View Post
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    Decided I should include a picture of my first/new Leo Bell.
    She's 5 (almost 6) months old, I'll update soon with pictures of her Vivarium.
    Welcome aboard, Bell!

    You've got an awesome leo, Shane!

    With all your leo knowledge, things should go well for Bell and you for many years.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> 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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    @Elizabeth Freer , Thanks Elizabeth.

    On the subject of knowledge Ive run into a little snag. It seems my Leo really doesn't like the taste of Reptivite on her insects at all. Ignores them completely after one taste of it.

    - Does anybody have any suggestions or things that work for them to get their Leos Multivitamins into them?

    I was thinking perhaps mixing a little with the ground up bearded dragon food fed to the feeder insects might work?

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    I would be surprised if anyone weighed in saying they hadn't had that problem! I've tried mixing it, as you described, with the gutload for my feeders with mixed results.
    The one foolproof way that I've found is to use the most tantalizing food you have available to you, in my case hornworms are easy to get. An appropriately sized hornworm, dusted with supplement, is just to too appetizing for my leo's to pass up. I'm not sure if it's important that the leo already be familiar with hornworms, but if using very small ones, you could feed one "clean" and then the second one dusted.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amsdadtodd View Post
    I would be surprised if anyone weighed in saying they hadn't had that problem! I've tried mixing it, as you described, with the gutload for my feeders with mixed results.
    The one foolproof way that I've found is to use the most tantalizing food you have available to you, in my case hornworms are easy to get. An appropriately sized hornworm, dusted with supplement, is just to too appetizing for my leo's to pass up. I'm not sure if it's important that the leo already be familiar with hornworms, but if using very small ones, you could feed one "clean" and then the second one dusted.

    Good luck!
    Todd
    That makes a lot of sense, Hornworms are not something I can get a hold of but I could try with Dubia. The first non dusted sounds like its worth trying also. Thanks for your input Todd.
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    If you just can't get the gecko to eat dusted feeders, you can always give him the supplement by dipping your finger in water, dipping it in the supplement and "painting" some around the mouth, so he licks it off. If you do this, it's probably best not to do it more than every 2 weeks or so since it will deliver more "dust" than he'd get if he'd eat the feeders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    If you just can't get the gecko to eat dusted feeders, you can always give him the supplement by dipping your finger in water, dipping it in the supplement and "painting" some around the mouth, so he licks it off. If you do this, it's probably best not to do it more than every 2 weeks or so since it will deliver more "dust" than he'd get if he'd eat the feeders.

    Aliza
    Hello Aliza, thanks for that idea I'll bear that in mind.

    Ideally I think it like to take a less intrusive or more natural approach to supplementing the diet but failing that I'll try your recommendation out for sure as she needs the Multivitamins no matter how she gets them really I suppose.

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    I know what you mean, Shane. Some of my geckos won't eat their Reptivite dusted crickets either.

    I wonder what would happen if you withheld one feeding prior to the Reptivite day and then placed the Reptivite feeder in first?

    I have been contemplating an order of VetArk's Nutrobal. It's now available via Amazon. It has a calcium : phosphorus ratio of 46:1! I think it's certainly worth a try. Nutrobal is used all the time in the UK.

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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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    @Elizabeth Freer

    Hi Elizabeth sorry for the late response.

    I was actually considering something similar in principle to Nutrobal in Repashy's Calcium Plus.

    I have been read a great deal about peoples experiences with the product and a lot of Allen Repashy's writing about how he came to formulate it etc. Many people claim their Reptiles seem to really enjoy the taste of the product and display an increased feeding response when insects are dusted in it. I was also thinking to myself (before this issue cropped up) that I feel it would be more natural and beneficial to the animal if nutrients could be offered gradually over a period of time along with diet as distinct from a large shot all at once which is essentially what my reptivite would be giving.

    On a completely unrelated note I remember reading in your care-sheet that you weren't exactly sure as to which size Exo Terra : New Reptile Cave / Natural Hiding Place would be appropriate. Well having used the medium Exo Terra : Reptile Cave / Natural Hiding Place for her first month I noticed she didn't really seem to feel totally hidden or safe inside and would move back to her Exo Terra : Gecko Cave / Terrestrial Gecko Hide to sleep. I decided to replace the older model with the medium size of the new Reptile Cave and my gecko uses this FAR more now. I think the new models similarity to a crevice inside rocks really appeals to Leos and helps them feel truly hidden and secure as distinct from "just out of sight", the medium is a perfect size for a warm dry hide and fits very nicely with many other decor items from that range. For reference I also have the small and large sizes on the cool side of my vivarium and they are probably just that, slightly too large and slightly too small to be used for extended periods of time or sleep.

    - Shane
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