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 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

I know you can feed wild caught feeders from a pesticide free area to reptiles but how big does a pesticide area need to be?



06/15/09  11:08am

 #2022908


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  Message To: Apple pie   In reference to Message Id: 2022594


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

depends what you’re catching. things that fly and have wings like moths and loctus a very very big area, a nature preserve would be best, but then it’s kind of illegal to collect from those places. earth worms and pill bugs need a smaller area. You’re better off catching some wild insects and breeding them on your own. It’s not hard and it’s free except for feeding them.

What did you have in mind?



06/15/09  08:01pm

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  Message To: Sh0e   In reference to Message Id: 2022908


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

I would like to feed them wild feeders to give them a bigger variety.



06/17/09  08:32am

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  Message To: Apple pie   In reference to Message Id: 2023795


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

what are you looking to feed them?



06/17/09  03:33pm

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  Message To: Aandfsoccr04   In reference to Message Id: 2024032


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

Anything that isn’t poisonous or could hurt them.



06/17/09  05:50pm

 #2024133


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  Message To: Apple pie   In reference to Message Id: 2024108


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

What are you feeding?



06/17/09  06:47pm

 #2024843


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  Message To: Sh0e   In reference to Message Id: 2024133


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

Painted turtles, Fire belly toads, and a long tailed grass lizard.



06/18/09  07:46pm

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  Message To: Apple pie   In reference to Message Id: 2024843


 Wild caught feeders and pesticides

That’s a small collection. Of those the turtles would be my first choice to offer WC feeders, mostly earthworms. The firebellies and the lizard you can offer WC insects. I would stay away from most catapillars unless you know which ones carry toxins. Anything that flies is difficult to tell where it came from and what kinds of chemicals it’s encountered. I used to collect pill bugs and colonize them in buckets for feeders. Easy to do and it’s a good source of food.

With any WC food items though it’s tough to be certain you’re not bringing in any probematic disease, viral, bacterial, or fungal, on top of possible chemical comtamination. It’s better to capture wild food items and colonize them yourself to use as a feeder source.

I don’t mean to be rude, but with a collection as small as yours it wouldn’t be hard to provide a commercial diet. The fbt’s and lizard will take most commercially available insects. The turtle will eat anything from spinich to nightcrawlers. There is a wealth of foods available, and it’s easy to breed your own roaches, crickets, mealworms, etc... Why risk it?



06/21/09  05:20pm


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