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Herps require the proper set up and routine maintenance in order to stimulate appetite and thrive in captivity. Different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your pet’s needs. Check with a pet care professional for advice.

A healthy herp should have

  • Bright clear eyes
  • Hardy appetite
  • Good activity
  • Good weight
  • Solid stool

Signs of an unhealthy herp

  • Closed eyes
  • Fails to eat
  • Lethargic
  • Looks thin
  • Runny stool
  • Natural color
  • Natural shape
  • Natural scent
  • Pre-cut
  • No preservatives
  • No refrigeration
  • Easy to use

Benefits of freeze dried

Freeze Dried foods remove water for stability and storage while preserving all of the benefits of the original product. The process is one that a vacuum is pulled at a low temperature (55-100°F) in a chamber full of product set on shelves. As the trays warm in the chamber the water will steam out of the product, the steam collects on condensers removing the water. This allows for convenient storage. That’s why rations for military, back packers and survival kits all contain freeze-dried products. Add water and reconstitute nutritionally the original product.

Freeze Dried Versus Dehydrated & Sun Dried

 

The difference between freeze drying, dehydrating and sun drying is that freeze dried doesn’t shrink in size or toughen in texture while maintaining the nutritional values as the fats and vitamins in various forms will not be destroyed at low process temperature. After 126°F, fats will deteriorate and vitamins will degrade. Most dehydrated foods are dehydrated at a temperature of 130°F or higher, sun drying causes significant loss of vitamins (53%-94%), which is why freeze-dried foods, are superior to dehydrated or sun dried.

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Cups

Remove lid, then fill halfway with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and place in Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ or serve in food dish. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and discard. This product has been lightly dusted with calcium, because different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your pet’s requirements and supplement accordingly. This product can be used as a daily diet, in addition to the daily diet or as a treat.

Bulk

Fill cup with food, then halfway with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and place in Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ or serve in food dish. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and discard. This product has been lightly dusted with calcium, because different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your pet’s requirements and supplement accordingly. This product can be used as a daily diet, in addition to the daily diet or as a treat.

Cups

Remove lid, then fill halfway with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and place in Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ or serve in food dish. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and discard. This product has been lightly dusted with calcium, because different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your pet’s requirements and supplement accordingly. This product can be used as a daily diet, in addition to the daily diet or as a treat.

Bulk

Fill cup with food, then halfway with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and place in Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ or serve in food dish. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and discard. This product has been lightly dusted with calcium, because different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your pet’s requirements and supplement accordingly. This product can be used as a daily diet, in addition to the daily diet or as a treat.

Dragon Treat

Mix in with your pets daily diet or feed separately. Remove and dispose of any uneaten food after 24 hours. Always have drinking water available for your herps. No vitamins or calcium have been added to this product.

Dragon Treat can also be used as a weekend feeder, travel food or just to have on hand when live insects aren’t available. They can be used to soak up medication for easy administration.

Dragon Treat can be used with the Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ and the Healthy Herp® Feeding Cups.

Insectivore Treat

Mix in with your pets daily diet or feed separately. Remove and dispose of any uneaten food after 24 hours. Always have drinking water available for your herps. No vitamins or calcium have been added to this product.

Insectivore Treat can also be used as a weekend feeder, travel food or just to have on hand when live insects aren’t available. They can be used to soak up medication for easy administration.

 

Insectivore Treat can be used with the Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ and the Healthy Herp® Feeding Cups.

Tortoise Treat

Presoak in warm water for 3 minutes. Mix with your pets daily diet or feed seperately. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours. No vitamins or calcium have been added to this product.

Tortoise Treat can be used to soak up medication for easy administration.

Tortoise Treat can be used with the Healthy Herp® Stepping Stone™ and the Healthy Herp® Feeding Cups.

Healthy Herp® Instant Meals™ and All Natural Treats can be used to soak up liquid vitamins, supplements or medications for easy administration.

Use caution when feeding fruit to tortoises. Some species include fruit as a regular part of their diet and others eat none at all. Be familiar with your Tortoises’ dietary requirements. Species such as Leopards and African Spurred Tortoises rely on beneficial bacteria in their intestines to help them digest and extract nourishment from the grasses that they eat. If you give grassland tortoises such as Leopards and African Spurred large amounts of fruit, the acids and sugars in the fruit can actually change the pH of the tortoise’s digestive tract, and this pH change can cause the beneficial bacteria in the tortoise’s gut to die off. When large quantities of gut bacteria die, they release toxins that can cross the gut wall and enter the tortoise’s bloodstream, causing the tortoise to experience a form of toxic shock syndrome that can be fatal.

For many years it was believed that improper diet & foods too high in protein were the main contributors to pyramiding. Some experts say lack of or inadequate levels of calcium & UVB cause pyramiding. Even when fed the correct diet with proper supplementation some pyramiding will still occur. It is now believed that high protein and improper supplementation are not the primary contributors, but secondary contributors that can impact how much a shell pyramids or deforms. In recent years it has been discovered that humidity is the key factor to promoting smooth shell growth.

WHAT IS PYRAMIDING?

Pyramiding is when the shells scutes grow vertically, in the shape of a pyramid, instead of horizontally forming a smooth shell.

PROMOTING SMOOTH SHELL GROWTH!

Exposure to humidity alone doesn’t guarantee a smooth shell and a healthy tortoise. Below are some guidelines for raising a happy healthy tortoise with a smooth shell. Always research your species of interest before acquiring a pet tortoise.

  1. Know your tortoise’s diet, different species have different diets, feed and supplement accordingly.
  2. Know your tortoise’s housing requirements, different tortoises come from different environments, house accordingly.
  3. Provide your tortoise with access to humidity of 80%-100% using a humidified shelter.
  4. UV lighting should be no further than 12” from the top of your tortoise’s shell.
  5. Keep tortoises hydrated by providing a water dish or soaking every other day for five minutes.

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Frozen Cubes-Aquatic Turtles

Drop cube(s) in aquarium while still frozen. The cube(s) will float for 6-8 seconds and then begin to sink allowing turtles to feed at their natural levels. Feed aquatic turtles 1-2 times daily what they will consume in 5 minutes. aquatic turtles will begin tasting the food and within a few days start accepting aquatic turtle diet as their daily diet. Remove any uneaten food. Keep unused cubes in your freezer.

Use of frozen reptile food that has thawed

You may safely refreeze some foods that still contain ice crystals and are cold to the touch or if they have been kept below 45℉ for no more than 2 hours. If the temperature is above 45℉, THROW IT OUT!

Treat completely thawed foods as follows

These foods are perishable. Do not refreeze thawed reptile food. Spoilage may begin before bad odors develop and may be toxic. Refreeze reptile food only if ice crystals remain throughout the package. If you question the condition, THROW IT OUT!

Don’t use if odor is offensive or if the freezer temperature has exceeded 45℉ for 2 hours or longer, THROW IT OUT!

Use common sense: If any foods have an offensive or questionable odor, DO NOT feed them to your reptile.

  • Natural color
  • Natural shape
  • Natural scent
  • Pre-cut
  • No preservatives
  • No refrigeration
  • Easy to use
  • Great for all pet birds!

Benefits of freeze dried

Freeze Dried foods remove water for stability and storage while preserving all of the benefits of the original product. The process is one that a vacuum is pulled at a low temperature (55-100°F) in a chamber full of product set on shelves. As the trays warm in the chamber the water will steam out of the product, the steam collects on condensers removing the water. This allows for convenient storage. That’s why rations for military, back packers and survival kits all contain freeze-dried products. Add water and reconstitute nutritionally the original product.

Freeze Dried Versus Dehydrated & Sun Dried

 

The difference between freeze drying, dehydrating and sun drying is that freeze dried doesn’t shrink in size or toughen in texture while maintaining the nutritional values as the fats and vitamins in various forms will not be destroyed at low process temperature. After 126°F, fats will deteriorate and vitamins will degrade. Most dehydrated foods are dehydrated at a temperature of 130°F or higher, sun drying causes significant loss of vitamins (53%-94%), which is why freeze-dried foods, are superior to dehydrated or sun dried.

Single serve cups:

Remove lid, then fill halfway with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and serve. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and discard.

Bulk jar:

Fill cup with food, then fill halfway with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and serve. Remove any uneaten food after 24 hours and discard.

Healthy Bird™ Instant Treats are only part of a balanced diet. Pet birds should eat a diet that is 75-80% formulated pellets, with the remainder of the diet being treats.

Healthy Bird™ Instant Treats are the perfect treat. They are quick and easy, but are nutritious and delicious!

Healthy Bird™ Instant treats can be used to soak up liquid vitamins, supplements or medications for easy administration.