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Captive Experience

  • Captive Experience
    From 3 to 5 years
    Experience began in April, 2019

    Total Specimens
    4
    Oldest Male
    4 years 1 months
    Oldest Female
    1 years 6 months

    WC Specimens
    0
    WC Gravid Females
    0

    Captive Experience

    I have been and continue to keep 4 Panthers: 2 males, both around 4+ years of age, and 2 females, both around 1.5 years old as of 9/2020. I have not yet bred any, but will attempt one clutch from each pairing at some point (for grandbabies).

    The locales are 1.1 Ambanja, and 1.1 Nosy Be.

    They are all kept in bioactive enclosures, with the males in large Dragonstrand Clearside Atriums on custom substrate stands that create dimensions near 4x6x2’ each. Females are in 2x2x4 with a 12” substrate tray that covers the entire bottom of the cage.

    Temps average 70-80 with 80-85 degree basking areas, and overnight drops to 65. Misting morning (4+ min) and evening (2min). Fogging is done outside of the cages and raises the entire room’s humidity (due to plants). Humidity ranges from 55-85%, with the lowest humidity occurring midday, and the highest occurring overnight into early morning after misting.

    They are fed a very wide variety of well gutloaded feeders, 3x a week, with 4-7 feeders depending on type and size. I try to offer at least 2, if not 3 types of feeder at every feeding.

    I use a traditional supplementation schedule (calcium daily, mv 2x month, d3 2x month). I dust half the feeders. I used an all-in-one supplement for about 6 months and was not happy with the results, so switched back to traditional. One female developed a Vit a deficiency which led to a blockage/buildup in her duct in corner of eye (lump in corner of eye). The deficiency was quickly addressed by a vet and the change in supplementation, however, the lumps were not surgically removed due to stress. Instead, lubricating eye drops and saline flushes help to minimize eye irritation. She is otherwise healthy and very active - but her lumps will likely remain unless we decide to have her sedated and an incision. The risks of surgery are not worth the reward as she is otherwise “happy” and healthy.

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