To chop or not to chop...

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elmore91011

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Ok I chop up all of Bella's leafy greens, while I don't mind, I'm wondering if she can have a whole leaf of collard or kale ect? I wasn't sure if the "nothing bigger than the space between her eyes" concept applied to leafys as well? Thanks in Advance =)
 

RioReptiles

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It doesn't matter if you chop or not. I chop big pieces because it seems like they eat more that way. A whole leaf for a dragon that size will be kind of tough to handle, but for an adult it's no big deal at all. Now if I put a whole leaf in with several babies, they will all bite on it at the same time and tear it apart, almost as if they are working together.
 

mrgoogls

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I think even a baby would be able to tear a piece of a full leaf if you used some sort of clip to secure it to like the side of the tank. but i cut mine up. but i leave them in pretty big peices. ranging from about half the space between his eyes, to about 1 1/2 the space.
 

elmore91011

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mrgoogls":2mytqgll said:
I think even a baby would be able to tear a piece of a full leaf if you used some sort of clip to secure it to like the side of the tank. but i cut mine up. but i leave them in pretty big peices. ranging from about half the space between his eyes, to about 1 1/2 the space.

Thank you!
 

diamc

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I would be careful about the stems though like on the collards because I had an adult female get some jammed in her throat once and I had to go after it to remove it. So, just thought I would mention that as it was scary for her and for me.
 

mrgoogls

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That is true! Forgot that... You could still cut the leaf in half, so u just have leaf and no stem. Then pin that to the wall
 

diamc

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That sounds like a safer plan. Some of the kale and other green stems are quite thick too, so caution is a good idea. I always pulled the leaves apart though when all of mine were babies although once in a while I would hold a leaf up to let them pull it off, that was cute to watch. :lol:
 

elmore91011

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diamc":18vch3q6 said:
I would be careful about the stems though like on the collards because I had an adult female get some jammed in her throat once and I had to go after it to remove it. So, just thought I would mention that as it was scary for her and for me.

yikes that would be scary! I do cut the stems and tough veins out anyways though. I am still cutting them up but not as fine as I was. It's like have a newborn all over again lol

I appreciate all the help!
 
I've only had Skatter for 5 days, but so far he ignores the chopped stuff in the bowl, but happily eats 4-5 bites of kale from my hand. This lets me dip it in water just before feeding it to him. Just felt like sharing!
 

valcash

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With my adults they have preferences, from the chopping and dicing size and colors and type of veggies to everything else in between. I would make sure and remove any thick woody stems in the middle of leaves.
 
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