so juvenile-adult dragons need to have calcium powder, D3, and vitamins? what is D3? do all of these things need to be applied to every meal or just like, every other day? also which specific brands of these supplements would you recommend? thanks for all the help you're doing a great job with all your work on this blog!
Okay, very swift and brief biology lesson.
Calcium, we all know what calcium is good for, right? And it’s important to reptiles.
However! Calcium cannot just be absorbed by itself. Reptiles need Vitamin D3 to absorb the calcium.
How does a reptile get D3? That’s where UVB comes in. Using UVB, reptiles are able to create their own D3.
“Wait, so, then why do we need to give them D3 in the first place?!” A very good question. The answer is, as they get older they don’t need as much D3. We give babies D3 because they are still growing and can use all the help they can get.
Check out this visual guide. For babies, we are giving them D3 every other day. For juvies, 3 times a week. And for adults, just once a week.
As for where to buy the stuff, I recommend getting either Rep-Cal’s calcium D3-free, calcium with D3, and multivitamin. These are powders that can be dusted on bugs. Or buy liquids from beardeddragon.co (link to their combo deal.) If you buy from BD.co I would get the calcium w/o D3 and the vitamin w/ D3, since you’re always going to be giving multivatins and D3 on the same days anyway.