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Busch83
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# Posted: 27 Jan 2010 04:29


I just ended up reading some information on silk worms. I just wanted to see if anyone has tried rearing their own?, if so how difficult was it and did your critters seem to enjoy them? I guess also was anyone able to raise them as a sustainable food source?

Jawsofafrog
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# Posted: 27 Jan 2010 04:35


They are soft bodied and make great prey. They are very high in calcium, in which your frog or herp will benefit.


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cherisse
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# Posted: 27 Jan 2010 04:35


I tried it once.

They were fairly easy to raise, once I got the hang of it. I had to get an incubator to be successful.

Their premade food STINKS to high heaven though... it seriously is one of the most disgusting smells ever, and having to cook it in a pot on the stove, the smell filled my entire house for about 48 hours..

I would never do it again.

My tree frogs did not like them, but my darts and mantellas LOVED them..

They mature pretty quickly, so unless you feed out quite a few each time, its really not worth the expense, in my opinion.


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Busch83
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# Posted: 27 Jan 2010 04:38


see thats the kind of stuff im talking about. the food smelling is not something that you find on sites that sell it

kerokero
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 02:38


Maybe they've changed it but.... eeeeeeeeeeeew. I second Cherisse on the smell issue with the fake food. I'd only do them again long term if I had mulberry to harvest and feed them lol. Another note on the food - it has to be the first and ONLY thing they eat. If they get a taste of real mulberry, they won't go back to the prepared food.

Another note is about if you're trying to breed them yourself or just raise them up from eggs... breeding them yourself can be a pain since evidently we've bred out their ability to freely mate. Have to put the pairs in petri dishes together for them to mate, or something like that, they may not actually fly anymore.

I typically just buy bulk eggs and feed them right after they hatch (PDFs, mantellas, whatever else I may be working with that is eating the same sized stuff and will bowl feed) or pick them up at shows at the size i need. Well grown worms get fed out to bowl fed or tong fed animals. Many TFs won't eat the sluggish worms, but may enjoy the moths given the chance. Raising them up yourself really would only be worth it for large collections when you're raising a bunch to feed out at different sizes IMO.


Corey of the Little Brown Frogs
Busch83
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# Posted: 9 Mar 2010 04:55


yeah i dont have a great amount of frogs but i do have some lizards so between the two they eat enough. And your right the frogs dont seem to care for things that are sluggish, ie wax worms. but love flying insects (fed a bunch of lacewings) so id like to do moths of some sort.

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