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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:39 am 
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OKay, so we brought home Spyro yesterday and his previous owner didn't give us any foodstuffs for him at all :( I had kinda presumed they would be in the bag he gave us along with his food bowls etc. We've given him some salad stuff we had in the fridge to be going on with, but wanting to head up to the pet shop very soon to buy live food etc. Also there was no calcium powder or anything included either, so I don't know if he's been having any :? What size crickets should he be having at this age, and should he be fed once or twice a day?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:36 pm 
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He won't starve for a day without food, but if you've got dandelions in your lawn then a few of the flowers well washed usually go down well. Unless we know his size/weight it's hard to say what feeding regime to use so for the moment two feeds a day whilst you weigh him then let us know and we can take it from there. You'll need a calcium powder to use once daily and a multivitamin for weekly use plus check our sticky on food lists to cover his veg intake. At nine months I'd expect him to handle full grown crix quite happily.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:17 pm 
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Thanks Rick

Will weigh him in a little bit. Just bought some 4th hoppers and some morio worms, and then up to the supermarket for some spring greens, basil, lambs lettuce and rocket :)

Coated 3 of the hoppers in calc dust and he scoffed 'em :lol: Once I weigh hopefully you can advise on how many he should be having per day, and the morios.

And usually at this time of year I have no dandelions in the garden, but Spyro got lucky as it's been so nice the last week, I actually went into the garden and found 2, so he's had them and munched already :D


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:43 pm 
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Right, been and weighed him, he is 450g and between 16/17 inches long from head to tip of tail :)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:13 am 
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Basically adult weight but just a little small. At that size I'd be feeding veg daily and live food every second day, he may not like it but your pocket will! Length does vary with these guys and is usually between 18" and 21" so as long as he looks proportionate then treat him as adult.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:54 am 
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I will do, thanks Rick. I think he may be a bit on the chubby side as his previous owner fed him mealworms everyday and large black crickets, plus his veg!! Going to be a bit of a shock for him to not have quite so much lol.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:18 am 
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Won't hurt him and it'll give him a chance to slow his growth down.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:19 am 
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how many hoppers do you think he should have per meal?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:28 pm 
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Don't use them myself so I can't help but someone else here should be able to give an idea as to the number (and size) they use.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:34 pm 
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in that case, what is the best foodstuff to feed him. Keep getting conflicting reports from people :?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:49 pm 
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Have a look in the members only section. We have a discount with Livefoods Direct and Essex Reptile who are the cheapest for Livefood (Cheaper than pet shops).

I feed mine Dubia Roaches with the occasional tub of Locusts as a treat and also occasional Morio Worm

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:13 am 
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We don't use locusts here as they are pests and are reportable if seen !

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