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RE: Growth rate

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Posted by: PHLdyPayne at Thu Dec 9 13:57:21 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHLdyPayne ]  
   

considering wild caught grass hoppers/locusts or crickets can contain parasites and pesticides in their system should they come in contact with any sprays in the area, its best to get store bought or online orders to feed hungry dragons. Also, locusts and most grasshoppers are too large and contain too hard exoskeletons (mostly hind legs and head) for small and young dragons...crickets are the better staple for hatchling dragons till they are big enough to take larger insects.

Phoenix worms, something I forgot to mention in my earlier post, are a good insect to feed young dragons. They are small (no more than about an inch long at the largest) and soft bodied and are very healthy, with high levels of calcium and low phosphorus. However they loose their calcium when they pupate so best to feed them before they go brown. (the outer shell of the pupae is very difficult to digest so just goes right through the dragon).

Phoenix worms are a bit expensive...so not the best to use as a staple due to cost...but certainly can be used in conjunction with crickets for hatchling and baby dragons.
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