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    "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    So for Christmas I plan on giving my boyfriend a "reptile goody bag/basket" with some basic supplies and maybe a few fun gifts. He currently owns two whites tree frogs, a juvenile American toad, a cane toad, a pacman frog, a ball python, and a Vietnamese centipede. So far, I have picked up the Repashy Supervite w/ retinol and beta carotene and Repashy Supercal LoD. I'm thinking about including a substrate mix that I use, a few climbing vines/branches, and maybe a heat mat or a CHE to help keep his more tropical species warm this winter. Any other ideas?
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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    I hear good things about these Magnaturals products.
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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Homebody View Post
    I hear good things about these Magnaturals products.
    Those are a little out of my price range for the gift set as a whole, but his birthday isn't too far away so those might be a good idea for the future.
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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover3541 View Post
    Those are a little out of my price range for the gift set as a whole, but his birthday isn't too far away so those might be a good idea for the future.
    Next time you're over there, snap a pic of his ball python enclosure and post it. It'll help me to know what he already has. I don't know if snapping pics of his other enclosures will help me much. I'm not familiar enough with the other critters care to give suggestions.
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    -- Books. I don't have any recommendations for frog books that seem to fit your BF's interests, but if he is into snakes as the BP suggests, here are a couple to consider:

    Snakes: the Evolution of Mystery in Nature (https://amazon.com/Snakes-Evolution-...0286476&sr=8-1) Expensive new, but we gift used books in good shape and a book lover knows that's cool. A wonderful book.

    Boas and Pythons of the World (https://amazon.com/Boas-Pythons-Worl...s%2C103&sr=8-1) is a good one that is available new for a very reasonable price.

    -- Gift cards for online supply retailers such as Pangea, or a local independent shop if you have one.

    -- Day trip to a zoo that has a herp house.

    -- A donation to Amphibicast with a request that Dan give a shout out to your BF on the air.

    I'm not sure about the supplements you chose. They are not really suitable for amphibians either by themselves or mixed/alternated (the SV doesn't have enough calcium by itself, and mixed/alternated with the CaLoD will end up with a serious lack of Vitamin A for amphibians), and the BP doesn't need supplements. Perhaps you've researched this and know the situation -- I don't mean to come off as critical, but just thought it was worth a mention. The idea to gift supplements is a good one, as is the whole 'goody bag' idea.

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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Malum Argenteum View Post
    -- Books. I don't have any recommendations for frog books that seem to fit your BF's interests, but if he is into snakes as the BP suggests, here are a couple to consider:

    Snakes: the Evolution of Mystery in Nature (https://amazon.com/Snakes-Evolution-...0286476&sr=8-1) Expensive new, but we gift used books in good shape and a book lover knows that's cool. A wonderful book.

    Boas and Pythons of the World (https://amazon.com/Boas-Pythons-Worl...s%2C103&sr=8-1) is a good one that is available new for a very reasonable price.

    -- Gift cards for online supply retailers such as Pangea, or a local independent shop if you have one.

    -- Day trip to a zoo that has a herp house.

    -- A donation to Amphibicast with a request that Dan give a shout out to your BF on the air.

    I'm not sure about the supplements you chose. They are not really suitable for amphibians either by themselves or mixed/alternated (the SV doesn't have enough calcium by itself, and mixed/alternated with the CaLoD will end up with a serious lack of Vitamin A for amphibians), and the BP doesn't need supplements. Perhaps you've researched this and know the situation -- I don't mean to come off as critical, but just thought it was worth a mention. The idea to gift supplements is a good one, as is the whole 'goody bag' idea.
    The reason I chose the vitamins I did was because insectivores like frogs arenít actually capable of processing carotenoids such as beta carotene like omnivores/herbivores can and they need retinol instead. Repashy seems to be the only brand that specifically has retinol advertised in their products which is great! Personally, Iíve been going back and forth between that and another retinol inclusive vitamin supplement Repashy sells. I like the calcium though because it has enough vitamin D for frogs but not a crazy amount so thereís no concern about giving them too much in their diet. The clinic I intern at mostly uses/sells their products so I may ask one of the doctors at the next staff meeting for their opinion. Luckily, I havenít purchased anything yet so Iím still doing research to make sure I do what best. Thanks for the input!
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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Homebody View Post
    Next time you're over there, snap a pic of his ball python enclosure and post it. It'll help me to know what he already has. I don't know if snapping pics of his other enclosures will help me much. I'm not familiar enough with the other critters care to give suggestions.
    Iíll try to remember next time I got to his apartment, but Iíll be the first to admit that thereís definitely some things lacking. In any other situation I wouldíve told him not to take the snake it but it was either that or have the snake starve in its previous home. I plan on getting two more hides for him and maybe a fake plant or two. He doesnít have a temp gun to check hotspots and stuff so I may actually get one for him too. Definitely makes things sooooo much easier.
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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover3541 View Post
    ...Iíll be the first to admit that thereís definitely some things lacking. In any other situation I wouldíve told him not to take the snake it but it was either that or have the snake starve in its previous home. I plan on getting two more hides for him and maybe a fake plant or two. He doesnít have a temp gun to check hotspots and stuff so I may actually get one for him too.
    Sounds like you already have some great gift ideas. It's pretty easy to fill a snake's shopping list. They don't need much.
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    Re: "Reptile Goody Bag" Content Ideas

    So I ended up deciding to get this supplement instead of the original one. I still haven't purchased it so if anyone else has any input please let me know!

    Edit: I might end up getting both of them. I just want to make sure his froggies are okay, I love those little guys!
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    Repashy Vitamin A is a 'PRN' sort of supplement, to be used once in a while to correct or avoid suspected deficiencies. Breeding frogs typically get it a couple times a month, although there is more evidence that it may be beneficial as an occasional supplement for all amphibians (which seem distinctly susceptible to Vitamin A deficiency).

    So, yes, good one for an amphibian keeper.

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