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Lucky Reptile Flower Mix

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Brand: Lucky Reptile / Type: Dry Reptile Food

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      07.09.2011 14:06
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      A delicious smelling treat for you, delicious tasting treat for your pet

      I bought this Lucky Reptile FlowerMix from Pets At Home for around £2.50 and I am very glad I did! I bought it for my tortoises and they have taken to it really well. It is also suitable for bearded dragons, uromastyx, iguanas and other herbivorous reptiles. It can even be fed to rabbits as well, and possibly other small mammals though I'm not as up on them so I am unsure! It comes in a large yellow and green box with a very cute bearded dragon adorning the front. There is a window in the box through which you can see the product, which is dried flowers and flower parts (petals etc). The information on the front is German but there is English on the back. This states the guaranteed analysis and a selection of animals it is suitable for. It is marketed as a treat or complementary food - it should not be used as a staple diet ass captive animals need a lot of variation in their diets so no one thing is good enough. The important information is as follows: Guaranteed analysis - protein 11.3%, fat 3.1%, fibre 31.8%, ash 7.2%. These values are excellent as herbivorous animals need very little protein and lots of fibre. I am also very much reassured by the ingredients, which are - blossoms of mallow, camomile, calendula, roses, cornflower and hop. These flowers are all safe to feed to herbivorous reptiles and nothing else is added; it's just the flowers. Since they are dried and shouldn't be fed all the time or too large quantities, the box lasts me a long time for 2 tortoises. It does have a use by date though so check this. It also smells incredible (a bit sweet and herby) and looks gorgeous. It can even be mixed with dried grass (see previous reviews for a good dried grass) and used as bedding that would be fully edible and make your enclosure look and smell lovely. I am unsure if this is safe for other animals, but I know it is for tortoises. When I feed my tortoises, I always spray their food so it is wet before I sprinkle their calcium or vitamin powder over it. This helps them take in some extra moisture as well as letting the powder stick. Hence, I also use this wet; I tend to sprinkle a pinch over their normal food (although a smaller portion than usual if they get this as well) before spraying and they happily munch it up! Most of the smaller bits are plenty soft enough to eat dry but some pieces are really quite hard and if they don't get softened enough by wetting I find my tortoises leave them. They do eat most of it though, so I don't get wastage. The first couple of times I gave this to them they were unsure; tortoises are stubborn animals, very much creatures of habit and it can take them a while to get used to, and accept, something new. I've lost count of the number of people I alone have advised on 'weaning' their tortoise off unsuitable pellet diets, never mind he other people in the online reptile community I generally use! If you do give this a go you might want to introduce just a little bit at a time so you don't get wastage if it's not eaten the first couple of times. Overall I would definitely recommend giving this a go. Most of the plants you will feed your herbivorous reptiles can be had for free or cheap by growing yourself or picking them from safe areas (where you are allowed - FYI it's against the law to remove wildflowers by their roots, but not to pick the heads off I believe) but during Winter this can obviously be difficult. To avoid relying too heavily on supermarket force-grown greens alone you can use things like this to balance it out somewhat. A great thing to have in your supplies cupboard and the price I think is brilliant for what you get and how long it lasts. Another 5 star product for me!

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