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    Plated Lizard Feeding

    I recently acquired a plated lizard, and I have a couple questions. The guy I got him from only fed waxworms, mealworms, and fruit. It is my understanding that he should be eating green veggies as well, but is there any way to make them seem more appetizing? So far I have only gotten him to eat mealworms and a couple crickets, even if they were mixed in a 'salad'. I tried doing that yesterday morning, and he just rooted around for the bugs. and do I need a water bowl his size? Right now there is just a small bowl in there, but that can easily be exchanged for a lizard size water container.

    Also, I just moved him into a 55g tank, and have a UVB and a basking light on him. Is there any other supplemental lighting/heating I need? I know he might take a bit to get settled in, but I would like to make sure everything he needs is available.

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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    What kind of veggies are you trying to feed?
    I would also add more in the way of cover in there.
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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    So far I have tried collard and mustard greens as well as romaine lettuce. He is my first greens eating lizard, so if anyone has any suggestions of food, it would be much appreciated. I am still working on the tank... just got it set up last night actually, so I will definitely get more cover in there. Is there anything in particular that you think I should add for the cover? Thanks for your input!

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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    my guy refuses any type of vegetation too, even if they are mixed in with his worms he just picks them right out LOL I have even tried taking the bugs away for a week and he flat out refuses to eat. He is healthy and active and thriving so I am not overly worried
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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    I'm not particularly up to date on this species, but is sand an appropriate substrate or is something else preferred?
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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    Quote Originally Posted by MadDog View Post
    I'm not particularly up to date on this species, but is sand an appropriate substrate or is something else preferred?
    From what I have researched, yes. They are a fossorial species so they dig and make burrows. I will be adding a mix of plain soil and coco bark here in a day or so to create a more structure holding material. I just need to go to the store and get it.

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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    It is a cool looking lizard! I know absolutely nothing about these guys. lol
    Congrats
    Just because you have an animal that isnt dead doesnt mean you know how to take care of it

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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    I cut up the greens really small like 1cm by 1cm or smaller for my Blue Tongue Skink. He also likes the occasional blueberry, raspberry, papaya. Mealworms. Cat food w/ cut up chicken. Mixed all together so he has to eat some greens. I also recently saw on tv that lemongrass & watercress grow wild in Australia but, I don't know if lizards eat those.

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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    I started mincing the greens and (s)he seems much more inclined to eat them now, she definitely prefers the mustard greens over the collard. I think before they were an awkward size for her to eat. I have also found her love for strawberries... I will have to watch how much I feed if they disappear as quickly as they have. Right now I am getting a feeding schedule worked out... does anyone know how often I should feed fruits and veggies? I also feed mealworms and crickets, which are fed with no greens/fruit present. Thank you!

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    Re: Plated Lizard Feeding

    I've read that red peppers can be a good thing to add for picky eaters.
    All colours are nutritionally the same but supposedly red works best.

    Have you tried hand feeding? I got my Bearded Dragon to take greens by offering a couple of worms then substituting a piece of dandelion leaf.

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