Reptile Supplement

Healthy Bird, PO Box 225, Willaston.  S.A.  5118
Ph. 04 1984 9192        ABN 54 112 618 417

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REPTILE SUPPLEMENT

TORTOISES: The freshwater tortoises have strongly clawed, webbed feet that enable them to swim and walk on land. They are carnivorous and feed underwater. Their natural diet consists of small slow moving aquatic animals and includes yabbies, insect larvae, tadpoles and small fish. Feed captive tortoises as much live food as possible and Wombaroo Reptile Supplement prepared as pellets or Meat Mix, removing any uneaten food from the aquarium. Do not overfeed.

SKINKS: Skinks can be recognised by their overlapping and often smooth or glossy scales. The larger skinks such as Blue-tongues and Shingle-backs are omnivorous and eat a variety of plants as well as snails and insects. Feed the larger skinks a variety of vegetables with Wombaroo Reptile Supplement prepared as either pellets or Meat Mix. Alternatively feed Wombaroo Reptile Supplement made up as Veg Mix. Small skinks are mainly insectivorous and will require live insects in their diet.

GECKOS: Geckos are small, predominantly nocturnal, lizards with soft, dull skin and large eyes. They are almost exclusively insectivorous and difficult to maintain on artificial diets. Some success has been achieved by feeding Wombaroo Reptile Supplement as Meat Mix direct to the mouth. Like all of the insectivorous reptiles they need live food in their diet.

DRAGONS: Most dragons are small lizards with rough or spiny skin, slender tails and prominent moveable eyelids. They are predominantly insectivorous although the larger Bearded Dragon is omnivorous. Feed dragons Wombaroo Reptile Supplement as for skinks.

GOANNAS: These lizards have a forked tongue, dull skin with granular scales and powerful limbs and tail. They are predators and scavengers eating insects, small lizards, snakes, birds, mammals and carrion. Feed goannas whole bodies stuffed with Wombaroo Reptile Supplement at the rate of 5g per 50g of food carcass weight.

SNAKES: Feed Wombaroo Reptile Supplement to snakes by stuffing whole bodies at the rate of 5g per 50g of food carcass weight.

DIRECTIONS

TO FEED AS A MEAT MIX: Mix 3 teaspoons of Wombaroo Reptile Supplement with 5g of coarse ground mince meat, fish or one mashed hard-boiled egg. A small amount of water may be needed to moisten the mix.

TO FEED AS PELLETS: Mix about 1 teaspoon of water with three teaspoons of Wombaroo Reptile Supplement. Slowly add the water while mixing until a putty like consistency is achieved. This mixture can then be kneaded by hand into a soft workable mass. Small pieces can be broken from the mass and rolled into pellets the feeding. This week should be treated as a "dry food" so always have drinking water available.

TO FEED AS A VEG MIX: Disburse Wombaroo Reptile Supplement over equal proportions by weight of finely chopped apple, banana, tomato and freshly washed and chopped silver beet. After mixing shake off any powder that does not cling to the fruit and vegetables. This mixture is composed of approximately 22 % apple, 22 % banana, 22 % tomato, 22 % silver beet and 12% Reptile Supplement.

FORCE-FEED MIX: Prepare a slurry by mixing about three teaspoons of warm water with three teaspoons of Wombaroo Reptile Supplement. Add the water slowly while mixing to make a slurry of pourable consistency. The mixture will absorb water on standing so continue mixing for a few minutes and if necessary add more water. Force-feed this mixture using a syringe and tube.

FEED ESTIMATES

Feed estimates have been calculated for reptiles assuming the following.

1. Animals are kept in a thermo-neutral environment.
   
2. Prepared mixes of reptile supplement are the only source of food.
   
3. Food utilisation is 70% efficient.
   
4. Maintenance Energy Requirement = 2 x Standard Metabolic Rate (SMR)
   
5. Mean SMR for reptiles at 25 C is 160kJ-0.81.day-1.
   
6. Energy values : Meat Mix 16kJ.g-1 : Pellets 12kJ.g-1 : Slurry 9kJ.g-1 : Veg Mix 4 kJ.g-1

Feed estimates are for reptiles housed at 250C

Feed estimate at 200C = Value in table x 0.7

Feed estimate at 300C = Value in table x 1.5

Weight
g
Meat
Mix
g/day
Pellet
g/day
Veg
Mix
g/day
Slurry
g/day
  Weight
g
Meat
Mix
g/day
Pellet
g/day
Veg
Mix
g/day
Slurry
g/day
2 0.2 0.2 0.7 0.3   70 3.3 4.4 13 5.9
4 0.3 0.4 1.3 0.6   80 3.7 4.9 15 6.6
6 0.5 0.6 1.8 0.8   90 4.1 5.4 16 7.2
8 0.6 0.8 2.3 1.0   100 4.4 5.9 18 7.9
10 0.7 0.9 2.7 1.2   150 6.2 8.1 25 11
12 0.8 1.1 3.2 1.4   200 7.8 10 31 14
14 0.9 1.2 3.6 1.6   300 11 14 43 19
16 1.0 1.3 4.0 1.8   400 14 18 54 24
18 1.1 1.5 4.4 2.0   500 16 22 65 29
20 1.2 1.6 4.8 2.1   600 19 25 76 34
30 1.7 2.2 6.7 3.0   700 21 29 86 38
40 2.1 2.8 8.4 3.7   800 24 32 95 42
50 2.5 3.4 10 4.5   900 26 35 105 47
60 2.9 3.9 12 5.2   1000 29 38 114 51

 

Wombaroo Reptile Supplement is available in the following sizes:

250g, 1Kg and 5Kg packs

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