Etosha weight question

Sharon12

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My female veiled Etosha is now almost 10 months old. She has had one successful clutch of 45 eggs back in October. Way too many I know. She weighed 125g right before she laid and emerged from that at 78g. I fed her well for several days and then have put her on an every other day schedule. I give her about 6 med to lg gutloaded crickets dusted with repashy calcium plus loD each feeding. I also give her a good size silkworm and a med hornworm both dusted with bee pollen. Also she gets a few bsfl as a treat. She has had a fecal and no parasites. She seems active and healthy. However her weight is averaging 82 to 88 g. Is she too small? I am trying of course to balance health with no large clutches. Thanks for any advice.
 

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kinyonga

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I think you're still feeding her too much. It should be 4 or 5 large crickets (or equal mass of whatever insects you feed her) every second or third day. However...I think she's already working on the next clutch so you have to be careful right now how far you cut her back and maybe just expect that she's going to have another clutch that will hopefully be smaller.
 

Sharon12

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I think you're still feeding her too much. It should be 4 or 5 large crickets (or equal mass of whatever insects you feed her) every second or third day. However...I think she's already working on the next clutch so you have to be careful right now how far you cut her back and maybe just expect that she's going to have another clutch that will hopefully be smaller.
I was assuming she would go thru receptive colors etc before more eggs. I will cut her food more but she really seems quite thin
 

kinyonga

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i don't know what she should weigh....I go by how they look.....each one is a slightly different size...so it's hard to set a weight IMHO.

You don't want to cut her back to the point that she gets thin but just enough to slow her egglaying down...and when they are producing eggs you want to make sure she has enough to keep her healthy.
 
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