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Why is Calcium important for reptiles?


Calcium is an essential mineral for reptiles as it helps in bone growth, metabolism, and muscle function. Without adequate calcium, reptiles can develop metabolic bone disease (MBD) and parathyroid problems. Most livefood insects for reptiles are naturally low in calcium and require dusting with calcium powder to improve their nutritional content. ProRep Calci-Dust is a pure, natural calcium supplement for reptiles that has been ground superfine for maximum digestion and to stick to all food; fruit, vegetables, even crickets and mealworms

How to use Calci Dust

To use Calci-Dust on salads, simply sprinkle the powder on top of the salad before feeding it to your reptile. For live foods such as crickets, locusts, and other insects, place them in a plastic bag or large cup with Calci-Dust and shake gently to coat them. This will ensure that your reptile gets the necessary calcium intake from its food


It is important to note that the temperature of the pet and UVB are also crucial factors in the health of reptiles. Reptiles use external sources to regulate their body temperature, while also promoting overall health. Heat in the form of infrared light is necessary to warm a reptile’s body to its preferred optimum temperature (POT). This is the temperature at which the reptile’s metabolic functions are performing at optimum. UVB light allows the synthesis of vitamin D3, which helps to absorb calcium. It is essential for animals (including humans and reptiles) to convert Vitamin D in their skin to help with calcium balance. Therefore, it is important to provide the right temperature and UVB lighting to ensure the well-being of your reptilian companions.

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For more information on reptile care, visit Evolution Reptiles or see our care guides. We have been providing expert care for reptiles, invertebrates, and amphibians since 2007. We offer a wide selection of reptile supplies available for purchase in-store or online, including Calci-Dust, vivariums, heating systems, lighting, and food.

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