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Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Katrina » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:56 pm

I was recently PMd a link to an article from Vegasarah (thanks!). The interesting point that she noted was that at the end of the article it mentioned in the "fun facts" that BTS will ingest small stones to aid in digestion. I have heard of this with other lizards, but never for BTS. It definitely isn't a good idea to allow them to eat stones due to impaction risks, but I was wondering what others thought, especially the Australians. Think this might be true? Or is this misinformation?

I know lots of us have seen blueys try to eat stones...

http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/asset ... dSkink.pdf
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Kbell31 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:47 pm

Birds do this too. And arent reptiles supposedly derived from birds? Or is it the other way around? It is difficult to know exactly what animals do in their natural environment.
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby El Lobo » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:21 am

No real idea about blueys swallowing stones but seed-eating birds do, although they are retained in the crop.
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Alioop » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:57 am

That link doesn't work Kat... Ironic though, Rosamond-Gifford zoo is here in Syracuse!
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Alioop » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:01 am

Nvrmind, I found it: http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/asset ... dSkink.pdf


I looked through the bibliography and this is the only article that mentioned swallowing stones: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/site/animals/ ... gued-skink
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Vegasarah » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:02 pm

I just thought that was interesting... As I told Katrina, I have seen Rocket try to eat some small stones in the garden. I always stopped her and summed it up to her being a fatty, but maybe there is some merit to this? :)
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Jambi » Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:22 am

Last summer I had my IJ, who was a baby at the time, out in the yard, and he picked up a small rock, which I removed, but then he ate another one right as I put him back down and it was gone before I could retrieve it. I found it last week while changing his substrate :shock: :lol:
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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby Spindown » Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:43 am

Last summer I had my IJ, who was a baby at the time, out in the yard, and he picked up a small rock, which I removed, but then he ate another one right as I put him back down and it was gone before I could retrieve it. I found it last week while changing his substrate


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Re: Article discussion - stones for digestion

Postby hurricanejen » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:05 am

Vegasarah wrote:I just thought that was interesting... As I told Katrina, I have seen Rocket try to eat some small stones in the garden. I always stopped her and summed it up to her being a fatty, but maybe there is some merit to this? :)


My northerns will continually try and eat rocks, but like you I always attributed it to them being absolute pigs.
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