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RE:Panacur/Nematodes

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Posted by: fireside3 at Fri Aug 1 09:09:52 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fireside3 ]  
   

OK, I see one thing. You had commented on the scat being within Pogo] foraging range, rather than being in proximity to the HL while it forages for ants.

This is an interesting point. If your HL enclosure does not
have an established Pogo colony nearby to which the ants may
be foraging heavily around the HL scat in the enclosure, and instead you are simply using feeders which are introduced into the enclosure at feeding time, and you are keeping the sand relatively clean of scat...I can see how one might make the
point that the enclosure scenario may provide less opportunity
to re-ingest if the ants aren't there to forage the nematodes. But, I'm not sure how much so, if at all. It just might mean your ants are cleaner, not the ground your HLs walk on.

The ants may not be there long enough to forage and pick up nematodes, but adult forms and eggs may still be shed into the surrounding sand from the scat, which through normal course of walking about and licking the sand, the HLs could reinfect themselves without ants being there at all.

The ants also would not be there to clean it up, and unless the sand is sifted well or replaced on occasion, one could also make the counter point that the enclosure scenario is dirtier because it is close quarters and there are not the amount of beneficial insects removing all the nematodes that are shed from defecation into the soil.

>>Maybe you were in a hurry, but you've misread or misinterpreted a few of my points.
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>>But no need to hash it out. It's all good. You've done a bit of convincing for me, so I plan to give it more consideration.
>>I do have another question for you. Since we are feeding wild pogos in good quantity on a daily basis, how did you come to the conclusion that treating twice yearly is optimal and/or sufficient?
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