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Old 05-01-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
dwhitey1124
HELP new uromastyx benti sick?

I got my yearling benti last week from a wholesaler. I picked him out in person and checked to make sure everything looked ok. I looked at his diet, etc. They say they had him since last fall and that he was captive bred but not on location (so who knows).

Ever since I brought him home, he has had runny stool. I cannot tell if this is due to acclimation or if he is sick since I do not know his natural behavior.

I am worried that it is internal parasites. Should I give it a few days to see if it continues? I don't want to endanger him by waiting but it also might be premature to visit a vet and do tests.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 05-28-2012, 12:25 AM   #2
Spyral
Any update on how the benti is?

What is the diet you have/had him on? Parasites could be a concern, however the presence of certain nematodes is actually beneficial for them to help break down vegetation in the gut. A fecal is never a bad idea.
 
Old 05-28-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
dwhitey1124
update

the benti is doing fine. it looks like it was an adjustment to the diet. im feeding him mixed greens, organic flower petals, peas, and millet. normal stool and behavior.
 
Old 05-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #4
Spyral
Fantastic! Good luck. Is it a rainbow or orange benti?
 
Old 05-28-2012, 12:42 AM   #5
dwhitey1124
it was advertised as just a "benti" but i believe it is a rainbow. i'd love to get a hold of an orange tho.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 12:25 AM   #6
rosebud945
There is something that you can add to that diet that will keep him normal. Its called Grassland tortoise pellets
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...3312&subref=AA

I am adding this to my herbivore salad (uro, chuckwallas, collared lizards and beardies) and all of them are doing great. Captive chucks frequently have runny stools from too much water in their diets, and this really firmed everything up for them. I think that uros also probably get too much water content in a diet based on store bought greens. I grind the pellets up in a coffee grinder, then sprinkle it on the salad, about 1/2 to a cup per 4-6 cups of salad, then refrigerate the salad overnight. That moistens the pellet flakes. It is loaded with great stuff, including high fiber that herbivores really need, and lots of grasses and edible weeds that are on just about every herbivore reptile food list.

Another thing that you can add is this:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=21479
 

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