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Brian Cadman
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2010 00:20


Ok so I decided to try hornworms as an alternative feeder for my box turtle and my pacman frog. One of my toads liked them. One of my crested geckos liked them. The box turtle loves them. My pacman won't eat one yet.

My first question is what kind of moderation do I use for feeding the turtle and the pacman these feeders?

The second question is why wouldn't the pacman show any interest in them?

Sh0e
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# Posted: 5 Jan 2010 01:34


1. use common sense. depending on how much variety you are feeding. a good staple is crickets and/or roaches. a better staple is a cycle of a few healthy feeders. i do not know the nutritional value of hornworms, but i'm sure if you use them 10-30% of the time it would be fine, unless they are like wax worms and just empty calories.

2. animals can be picky for any number of reasons. they don't like how food looks or smells are the two biggest issues usually. you can try to scent the worms with a food item they enjoy.


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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2010 01:48


I bought hornworms for my frogs before, and with the exception of my dwarf pixie frog, all my frogs turned their noses up at them. I even tried to feed some of the hornworms off to my Oscar fish (they love to eat night crawlers) and they spat them out too!

They also might be put off by the colour, most feeders are dull colours, and in the wild, dull usually means safe to eat. Hornworms are quite flashy as far as feeders go, so they might not like that.
The ones i bought i found had a bit of a smell to them.

I have 2 pacman frogs, and one of mine is a very picky eater. if it is not one of his favourite things to eat, I have to keep on him until he eats something. otherwise it'll be there crawling around in his cage for a few days.

froggz37
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2010 15:32


The color would be my first guess. I've fed the smaller (1 1/2 inch) hornworms before and I had to use tongs to feed them to most of my pets as they dont have much wiggle to them either. Unless feeding they typically hang upside down motionless. I also clip the horn off with fingernail clippers. While its not very sharp and superficial it still didn't look comfortable to chew.

The box turtles and bearded dragon absolutely loved them. Some of the leo's ate them while others spit them out. My whites and leopard frogs arent picky eaters and both ate them.

meyers kristina
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# Posted: 19 Jan 2010 16:59


the horn is a harmless piece of soft flesh;) no chnce of harming your fingers or any animal. the horn is basically as soft as the worm itself. there might be some great info on them on greatlakeshornworms.com


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Brian Cadman
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# Posted: 20 Jan 2010 20:12


Im all out now anyway. My chinese box turtle gobbled them down as did my toads and crested geckos. My pacman never did eat one and seems to not be interested in nightcrawlers at the moment either. Oh well.

Jawsofafrog
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# Posted: 21 Jan 2010 11:22


Both of my frogs have enjoyed these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjG9KkI5Jfw


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