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 #15960


Jon-X.
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Hi, my name is Jon and I bought a Uro (his name is Biggy) a year ago. Everything has always been fine except since 2 weeks. He`s getting bigger and bigger and did not poop for 2 weeks. He`s acting normally but seems to be constipated. What can I do to help him? I feed him with spring mix vegetables and a bit of Iguana food. I also read a lot about bathing once a week but other sites and people are telling me the opposite so I never did. Should I?

Let me know what I can do...

I love him so much and dont want to lose him.

Thank you for your time.

Jon-X.


11/29/03  12:01am
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 #15963


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Hey Jon-X. What is in the spring mix vegetables and what is iguana food? The pellets? What are the cage temperatures and does he have proprer uvb lighting and calcium supplementation?

I have always bathed my reptiles any time I felt that they may be constipated or something.

PE


11/29/03  12:39am
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 #16011


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a good warm bath is good and find better food from him like crickets and worms.


11/29/03  10:45am
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 #16026


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Definitely give him a soak in a nice warm bath and try gently massaging his belly in a downwards motion to try and stimulate his digestive system. If this doesn’t work it’s best to get him to a vet for xrays to see if he’s impacted.

Uros need a lot of moisture from their salads so make sure you are feeding him plenty of dark leafy greens. They should be half or more of his total food intake. Greens like collards, mustard, turnip and dandelion are best. Avoid pelleted foods as they tend to be dehydrating. Don’t give many, if any, bugs. Uros should be primarily vegetarian but take a bit of animal protein from time to time.


11/29/03  11:19am
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 #16098


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I agree w/ Eyespy,you should be giving romain, collards, mustard, escarolle, and other leafy greens. You can also give squash, bird seed without sunflower seeds, dry lentils and split peas. Bathing 1 time a week helps them also. I even give hibiscus flowers and leaves, as well as baby food fruit and veggies. Stay away from spinich.The Uros get their water from their veggies and food so keeping water is not necessary unless you have a gravid female.Cabbage is a no-no also because it can be gassey and cause a bloating effect. Check your spring mix for the ingrediants. keep us updated.


11/29/03  7:24pm
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 #16764


Jon-X.
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  Message To: JOANAVOKES   In reference to Message Id: 16098


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Hi everybody!

I’m back. I gave him a warm bath and he pooped the day after... I feel a lot better now! I think he needed it. For the ones who were asking me what is the spring mix, it is a mix of leafs that I buy at the grocery store. Here are the ingredients: "lollo rossa, frisee, mizuna, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, green romaine, red romaine, green beet tops, green oak leaf lettuce, red oak leaf lettuce and red beet tops". A lezard specialist in montreal told me it was excellent and it should be 80 of his diet. He eats that since one year and everything is fine. He gets that every 2 days and I also poor some Rep-Cal Herptivite(multivitamins) and Calcium with vit.D on each meal. He also eats a bit of Rep-Cal Juvenile Bearded Dragon Food (maybe 5 or 6 little pellets a day), he loves them!!! no water of course...

I have some other questions: how hot should be the water when I bath him? he lives in a 33 gallons terrarium, is a 150 watts spot enough? and what is the best substrate I can use and how often do I change it?

Thanks a lot!!!

Jon-X.


12/03/03  8:40pm
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 #16770


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That spring mix will let a uro survive, but not thrive. It’s primarily lettuce and no matter what type of lettuce it’s not very nutritious. All forms of lettuce have at least 90% water leaving very little room for minerals, amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrients. Try adding collard, mustard, dandelion and turnip greens and slowly cutting back on the amount of lettuce that is fed. Do it slowly as he probably is used to the higher moisture content of the lettuce so a sudden change might cause some dehydration.

He might be getting too much vitamin D. Basking species of lizards don’t absorb and process dietary vitamin D very well and do better getting it from UVB exposure. Only give vitamin D by mouth once a week or once every other week or toxic amounts can accumulate in his liver.

Bath water should be around 95 degrees, basically if it’s around your own body temp that’s fine. It’s tough to say what type of wattage is enough, so much depends on the temperatures in your own home, what the cage, furniture and substrate are made from. In my glass tanks I sometimes need 200-225 watts to get a hot enough basking spot but only need a 60-75 watt bulb in my melamine cages. It’s best to check the temps with a digital thermometer or heat gun and not get caught up on wattage.

Substrates are pretty highly debated. Bird seed without sunflower seed is popular for uros but needs regular changing to avoid mold and bacteria growth, at least monthly. You need to make sure none of the seeds are large enough to cause impaction. A good rule of thumb is anything larger than the thinnest toe can block the small intestines.

Paper towels, newpaper or reptile carpeting have the lowest impaction risks but need daily cleaning. Ground coconut husk such as Bed-a-beast or Eco Earth needs daily spot cleaning and an overall changeout about every 2-3 months. Wheat bran about the same as coconut husk.


12/03/03  8:59pm
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 #17056


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I feed my uro birdseed, dried split peas, yellow squash, thin carrot strips, romain lettuce and collard greens. sh refuses any life food. her favorites seem to be romain lettuce and the split peace. remember to dust them with calcium powder and get your uro UV-B through either an artifical light, or direct sunlight.

hope this help


12/05/03  6:06pm
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 #31547


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my mali will not eat in front of me...and he wont eat like any fruit and veggies...except lettuce and leafy greens...is there something wrong with him?


02/03/04  8:12am
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not necessarily, he/she is new you said, give it some time and it will come around. Dont give them lettuce, this is been said over and over again. There is not enough nutrition in the little amount they eat to good for anything except water. Use collard, kale, dandelion, turnip, or mustard greens as your main diet if the uro likes it. try adding frozen mised veggies once or twice a week,I dont worry too much about fruit, I add pears and apple but he never eats it. Leave dry lentils and split peas in the house at all times to snack on and mix that with some bird seed and iguana food. Take the fresh food out if you not going to be there for more than a day as it will spoil and stink and if the uro eats it, it may go bad in the belly. More so, feed him before you put the food in by hand as a test, and see what he likes. But be adamant about the staple leafy greens. Gotta have those.

Good luck


02/03/04  7:46pm
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 #31837


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  Message To: Dally   In reference to Message Id: 31780


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ok i’ll switch his diet...
but i’ve had him for 2 years now.
think he’s just shy?...but he will eat hard iguana food with this dried fruit in it infront of me...
but i would give him some greens with his lettuce and a spray vitamin stuff on it...
so he wasn’t completley deprived of of nutrisuce(i cant spell it)....


02/03/04  8:48pm
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