Strange Cactus Pear

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Strange Cactus Pear

Postby Venidara » Sun May 12, 2013 9:51 am

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I've given my beardie cactus pear before. I buy it whenever I can because it's one of the few foods that are supposed to be very, very good for him that he also LOVES to eat. However, most of the cactus pears I've gotten were large and green on the outside, and white/green on the inside, like this:
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I got red once an he HATED it, he barely ate it, it stuck to his face, and it stained EVERYTHING, including him, red. Not ever getting that again. However, the ones I bought yesterday looked different. They're small and their skin is green and red. I have yet to cut one open. They look like this:
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But much, much smaller.
I just read somewhere that some types of cactus pears can be poisonous to beardies. Is this true? Are these any different than regular cactus pears, and are they still safe to feed?

Sorry if this is a dumb seeming question... I just want to be sure.
I also got a cactus pad that I'm excited to try with him.
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Re: Strange Cactus Pear

Postby brittani299 » Mon May 13, 2013 5:21 pm

I dont know about that. I hope someone else knows. I would that cactus pads are ok for them though
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Re: Strange Cactus Pear

Postby joea » Wed May 22, 2013 6:47 pm

Venidara wrote:I just read somewhere that some types of cactus pears can be poisonous to beardies.

Opuntia is the edible type. Some grow in the colder climes.
http://cactiguide.com/cactus/?start=-10&genus=Opuntia&species=
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