Reptile Calcium Powder Supplements – Why are they important?
Calcium is vital for your reptiles bone growth and maintenance, muscle function, and metabolism.
When blood calcium levels are low your pet reptile may suffer muscle twitches and lethargy. This condition is called hypocalcemia, .
Calcium is stored in an animal’s bones and is also released into the animal’s bloodstream for muscle function.
A lack of supply or a lack of uptake of calcium leads to a serious condition known as metabolic bone disease.
To compensate for blood calcium deficiency, the reptiles body may utilise stored calcium from their bones to maintain blood levels.
This can be serious problem for growing reptiles, causing poorly developed or soft bones that are prone to fractures.
Long-term calcium deficiency can also lead to secondary hormonal problems involving the parathyroid glands that help regulate calcium levels.
To prevent these issues reptile owners need to supply both the proper UVB light and adequate dietary calcium to their reptiles.
Supplying calcium is only one part of reptile nutrition
In order for your reptile to be able to use calcium at all, it must have access to the correct nutrients from its food and also its environment.
This means that reptiles and amphibians need to have access to a source of UV Lighting in order for their body to be able to obtain vitamin D3.
Without proper UVB exposure, pet reptiles can be deficient in vitamin D3 and therefore deficient in calcium.
We offer an extensive range of high quality Reptile Calcium Powder Supplements from Arcadia, Repashy and Habistat.