Hi Marc,I beleive they have really high phosphorus. That's the reason for dusting them every time I feed them off. But they are full of moisture.
Good to know. I think I misread a nutritional chart somewhere. My cham is 9 months old right now. When should I stop dusting (ex. what age?)Hi Marc,
Actually, they are naturally high in calcium. They build up calcium oxalates in their system (specifically their Malpighian Tubules, which are more or less like a vertebrates kidney) as they grow. You can dust them, but not necessary every time (of course depending on age of cham being fed) just use normal dusting routine. If they are eating silkies exclusively you can even back off on the calcium dusting a bit. Personally, with my adult herps, I never dust them with Ca. They tend to 'binge" on them for a while and then get bored with them.
To clarify, when I said I don't dust for my adults I meant I don't dust the silkworms. I try to get the best nutrition into my herps via gutloading their feeders with healthy and varied diet (beautiful dragons website has a great nutrition chart with Calciumhosphorus ratio of foods). I separate out the dozen crickets, supers or whatever is to be fed the next day and put them in a separate container with nutritious food (this is so their feeding is more concentrated) to make sure they recently ate.Good to know. I think I misread a nutritional chart somewhere. My cham is 9 months old right now. When should I stop dusting (ex. what age?)
The mesh is called Remay and is used as a cover crop. We buy it by the roll to make many large sleeves (you then need to sew up on 2 or 3 sides), this is what you see in the article photos.