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Vitamins or Calcium Supplements?

Discussion in 'Boas *General*' started by Jay Ras, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. Jay Ras

    Jay Ras Active Member

    Hey, my brother has Leopard Geckos and a Black Throat Monitor. Sometimes when he feeds them, he puts this vitamin/calcium powder on the crickets and/or meal worms.

    I was just wondering, do snakes need vitamins or any other nutrients or do they get everything they need from rats and mice?
  2. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    I think they pretty much get what they need from the mice or rats. I've never really heard of using supplements for a snake. For the 5+ years I've had my snakes I've never given them any supplements. Pretty much whatever the mice or rats ate previous to feeding is what goes into your snake so if the feeders were given good foods then your snake is getting that as well.
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    What she said!
    Snakes really don't need supplementation. The materials in the rodent's stomach supply the extra vitamins and minerals.
  4. moonlight spark

    moonlight spark New Member

    Hey, snakes don't need additional supplementing, it might even cause problems. As long as the mice that they get fed are good quality and well nourished, so will your snake be.
  5. titus

    titus Elite Member Premium Member

    Most reptiles that eat whole animals don't need supplements, the liver of the prey provides the D3 as well as other vitamins and Calcium is given though the bones of the prey.
  6. esbat

    esbat Reptile Rescue Premium Member

    This is an interesting thread. Could the freezing process of rodents kill off some of the needed vitamins?
  7. snake77

    snake77 Member

    Probably one of the best recommended things I've heard was before killing and freezing your rats, feed them greens (romaine, spinach, and so on) and it will add nutrients to your snakes. Do they need it? No, but hey, it will not hurt.
    As far as the freezing of the rats I heard it eliminates some nutrients, but not enough to hurt or there would be definite proof on that and not just hypothesis and opinions.
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