|Re: xenopus frogs with health issues|
Subject: Re: xenopus frogs with health issues
by longhairedgit on 2007/12/8 21:38:29
Nah , most ADF's are kept in aquaria with aerators, they get used to it , much the same as fish do, fish themselves have a hypersensitive lateral line, and thats probably more sensitive than the frog.
ADF's and ither aquatic frogs might take dogfood, but it isnt good for them, while it certainly has vitamins and minerals and plenty of protien it also has animal fats, and much like many reptiles ADF'S and african clawed frogs take no mammalian meat, they cant process the fat from it , and it accumulates directly in the liver, often causing eventual liver failure. Hepatic lipidosis is common in herpetiles. Dog foods are an occassional treat at best and shouldnt be a primary component of the diet.
People who have cane toads, african bullfrogs and ornate horned frogs who can actually take rodents are the exception to the rule, they have a metabolism that can handle animal fats, but even then their owners have to show some real restraint.
While a litte natural food like moths etc are almost unavoidable with aquaria , the combination of lights and water makes for a convincing trap to moths mosquitos etc, you generally shouldnt give them foods collected from the wild, with moths and butterflies theres a real risk of secondary pesticide poisoning,same goes for earthworms, and with craneflies- they are a serious vector for tapeworm, craneflies also happen to be fairly toxic to most creatures. "Dirty" doesnt enter into it really. lol.
A small wormery guaranteed free of pesticide is another option, merely collect baby worms , you can even purchase eggs, and raise your own in bins .