Force Feeding Lizards
Force Feeding Lizards. Force feeding is sometimes necessary for lizards in captivity. There are situations and conditions which will result in a lizard not eating on their own.
Resulting in seizures and similar conditions are some diseases that lizards can sometimes get. It is imperative not to feed them during an incident like this. Swallowing the food is something they won’t be able to do. What you can do instead is seek the help of a veterinarian. A tube will have to be placed in the animal’s stomach so that they could feed. Getting their mouths to open is tricky but with the use of the syringe, it’s possible.
Squeeze the processed food into the back of the throat using the syringe and avoid the trachea at the back of the tongue. The food you offer should only be enough for the animal to handle. Handling more food is something larger lizards can obviously do. It’s also possible to force-feed feeder insects. The liquid substitute is easier to digest if the lizard is having digestive problems because much of the work is already done. Liquid feeding has another advantage and that’s controlling what the lizard is getting into its diet.
Working very well is vegetable baby food. This food is high in vitamins and can easily be digested by the lizard. Calcium supplement should also be added to the food. Younger lizards need to be fed more often but in smaller quantities, while larger lizards will need to be fed less often, but with higher quantities per feeding. Your lizard has a natural way to eat its food and you can follow this so you wouldn’t upset their natural metabolism.
If vegetables and insects is what your lizard eats, then you can use a type of cat food that’s used for sick cats if they will eat it. Adding fresh insect matter into the liquid mix is also something you can try.
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