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Re: Feeding insectivorous/carnivorous reptiles.

Subject: Re: Feeding insectivorous/carnivorous reptiles.
by longhairedgit on 9/11/2007 14:10:11

Certainly there are herpetiles who will make advantage of natural foods, and in th UK you can buy drosophilia fruitflies which small reptiles and frogs will enjoy, and they can be a useful tool for adding variety to the diet, as will the odd visiting moth or mosquito, it should be pointed out though, that while an excellent occassional treat, flies are nothing like as nutritionally complete as a gut loaded cricket or cockroach, so you do have to limit the use of them sensibly.

Newts, salamanders, toads and frogs are a good deal less likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies than lizards, having a much lesser need for dietary calcium, though other trace minerals are important. Amphibians will be able to handle a much greater proportion of various flies in the diet. As fallon stated though, many herptiles are extremely stimulated by foods that fly and move, and using them is a good trick to get difficult feeders started. You need only keep waxworms until pupation and offer a group of arboreal geckos or anolis a waxmoth or two to see the incredibly intense predatory reaction they get.

In fact I would say that such feedings, though only occassionally permittable becuase of nutrition issues are very much worth the bother because of the enhancement it brings to the psychological part of an animals life quality.

Be careful about collecting wild bugs though, because many of them will have been exposed to pyrethrin pesticides, and eventually high level exposures can cause deleterious liver conditions and systemic poisoning.