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Rick Cabrera
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 00:15


The thread is the question. Wondering if it is safe for them.


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schlegelbagel
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 01:31


not safe. Rule of thumb is to stay away from red leaves.


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rct
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 02:18


Also..they secrete a milky substance that causes irritation. They are bad news for dogs and cats as well.


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Jennifer
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 02:42 · Edited by: Jennifer


I'll address the spelling question -- "poinsettias". There are two "t"s, only one "s", and an "i" -- after the "t"s -- just for fun.


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Jay Willis
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 03:51


Thankyou Jennifer!! But yes, they are bad news for everyone. There kinda nice lookin though!!

Melissa Cabrera
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 07:35


rct said that the poinsettias plant is bad because it releases a milky substance, i have a Rubber Plant in one of my vivariums, is it bad for my WTFs?


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Jay Willis
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 07:58


That's a hard one. In one hand, they say anything with a waxy leaf is ok, but anything milky is not..

If it was My viv I would take it out. Better safe than sorry!

I have never worked with rubber plants so I don't know.

kerokero
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 15:41


Just something to note....

"The widespread belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. The scientific evidence demonstrating the poinsettia's safety is ample and well documented.

Studies conducted by The Ohio State University in cooperation with the Society of American Florists concluded that no toxicity was evident at experimental ingestion levels far exceeding those likely to occur in a home environment. In fact, the POISINDEX Information Service, the primary information resource used by most poison control centers, states that a 50-pound child would have to ingest over 500 poinsettia bracts to surpass experimental doses. Yet even at this high level, no toxicity was demonstrated." Poinsettia Care

Also, the deal with toxic plants is basically looking at what makes them toxic... its a defensive mechanism, in this case chemical, which makes them distasteful to deadly.... to things trying to eat them. Don't use plants like that with frogs that might break stems and you'll be ok... I've used a number of "toxic" plants with my frogs with no issues.

And honestly, I have to wonder what terrarium you'd put a poinsettia in... its a bush! Lots of pruning even for a large tank, and specialized care if you want to get them to bloom again...


Corey of the Little Brown Frogs
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# Posted: 30 Nov 2007 16:34


Good info kerokero. I didnt know that. Thx alot for posting it. Now i dont have to worry about my cats and dogs during the Holiday Season when the wife just has to have a poinsettia.


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Melissa Cabrera
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# Posted: 1 Dec 2007 19:35


okay, so i took out the rubber plant, but now i have this empty spot in my tank, can anyone suggest a nice plant with big leaves strong enough to hold the weight of me WTF and or a White lip?


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kerokero
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# Posted: 3 Dec 2007 14:39


I've been playing around with a variety of philodendrons for my larger TFs... mind you not as big as yours, but a moreletii is bigger than the other little guys I've worked with so I've been playing with larger plants because my pothos can barely hold them A self heading variety can get nice large leaves, but instead of vining, it just kinda sits there in a bush. I believe 'Prince of Orange' that you see a lot in 6in pots at home depot is like that. That philo can hold a Phyllomedusa bicolor, so I'm sure it could hold a WTF!

The main problem comes from the fact that the large and strong leaves tend to belong to plants that can get rather large! Calathea like the Calathea roseo picta varieties can also have nice strong leaves tho I'm not totally sure they could hold an adult WTF... worth checking out tho. Something like the dwarf Alocasia might work as well...


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