First Real Poop since we got him

Briandru85

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Hi all, we just got our RT Yoda from an exotic reptile store in town on Sunday. We have been feeding him pretty much only spring mix since we got him. I found a small poop yesterday that seemed fairly normal but this morning when my daughter went to do the daily clean she found his first real poop since we got him. It looked pretty gooey, not sure if it’s because he is still a little nervous or if it’s a lack of fiber or worse. Any ideas would be great help. We plan on adding more fiber rich foods but want to get any help until then. 55A49653-6BC8-4A65-97F0-B729BBBCB2DF.jpeg
 

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Yeah, a bit mushy, eh?

More mature leafy greens will help - they have more fiber than the baby greens people like to nibble these days as salad. lol

Mature broad leaf plants also contain more nutrients than the new leaves do.

Make sure all of your environmental parameters are within optimal range:

Lots of RTs are imported from the wild in the U.S.. Especially with children in the home, it is a good idea to take a fresh stool sample to a veterinary office for parasite analysis. Even intestinal buggies that reptiles use as part of their natural digestive flora can overpopulate when an animal is stressed and the immune system is sub-normal.

Usually, vets prescribe broad-effect antibiotics to reptiles. You should follow up any prescription with a reptile-appropriate probiotic replacement.

Discuss with kids: hand washing after each handling, feeding, cage cleaning; and to never hug, cuddle, or kiss a reptile pet.
 

Briandru85

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Yeah, a bit mushy, eh?

More mature leafy greens will help - they have more fiber than the baby greens people like to nibble these days as salad. lol

Mature broad leaf plants also contain more nutrients than the new leaves do.

Make sure all of your environmental parameters are within optimal range:

Lots of RTs are imported from the wild in the U.S.. Especially with children in the home, it is a good idea to take a fresh stool sample to a veterinary office for parasite analysis. Even intestinal buggies that reptiles use as part of their natural digestive flora can overpopulate when an animal is stressed and the immune system is sub-normal.

Usually, vets prescribe broad-effect antibiotics to reptiles. You should follow up any prescription with a reptile-appropriate probiotic replacement.

Discuss with kids: hand washing after each handling, feeding, cage cleaning; and to never hug, cuddle, or kiss a reptile pet.
Thanks,

I was thinking I might run to like Sprouts today and look for some endive or escorale that is better than just the spring mix, any other suggestions on greens? We are ordering some of the weed mixes I have seen talked about in here but we need something in the interim.

as far as enclosure we have one of the 24x36 wood zoo med tortoise house with zoo med forest floor cypress mulch substrate. We also have a zoo med desert uvb and heat lighting kit. Our house right now stays at 80 (thanks to our blazing hot summer and insane power bills here in AZ lol) we also have a shallow water dish big enough for him to get in and his food dish

The place we got them from says they breed and import directly or work with breeders they have met with at trade shows. They also have an exotic vet on staff which is partially why we picked this place because they really seem to be on top of it and it was allot nicer place than others we visited. We might still take a sample in just to be safe though.

We did have several talks with the kids about the risks of salmonella and the need to be careful to wash their hands and that he isn’t a cuddly type pet.
 

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The care sheet link above has all the temperature and other set up info for optimal digestion, exercise, etc..

Dandelion, chicory, mulberry, viola/heartsease, calendula, pansy are all great tort foods and usually easy to find in pesticide-free locations. In AZ, oputina cactus pads (the high water content can make loose stool worse, so try this only when things have settled down) and any other leafy greens found in Mexican groceries.

Any of the endive family: curly endive, belgian (yellow and red) are great. Choose bunches with large, even tough leaves.

A fantastic resource of food plants for beginners:
 
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