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What type of food do amphibians eat?

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Posted by: jensenbreck at Mon Dec 11 23:48:43 2017  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jensenbreck ]  
   

Hi,

Generally amphibians are insectivores and will eat a wide variety of appropriately sized insects and similar creatures such as earthworms, slugs and snails. It is important to check as many care sheets and books specifically about your species of amphibian to find out what insects are suitable for your pet to eat.

All amphibian species appreciate variety in their diet and it is not healthy to feed your amphibian on just one type of food alone. Live foods are widely available from reptile stockists and online and it may even be possible to source your insects from outside in the wild, if you can guarantee the area you are collecting from is chemical/fertiliser free.

All feeder insects should be gut-loaded prior to feeding to your amphibians. Gut-loading is the practice of feeding your insects with highly nutritious food items that will make the feeder insects more beneficial to the health of your amphibian. Prepared gut-loading formulas can be purchased from reptile suppliers, but it is also very simple to give your insects a nutritious diet without ready-made products. Green vegetables and salad leaves are packed with vitamins and in most cases provide all the water needed to keep your insects healthy. Other good food items that can be used for gut-loading are oats, bran, flaked fish food and calcium-rich foods like dandelion leaves and powdered milk powder. Carrot and potato peelings are also usually readily taken by most feeder insects.

Insects should be dusted with vitamins and calcium prior to being fed to your pets, but research should be done to find out how frequently your species of amphibian requires vitamins and minerals. The simplest way to dust your insects is using the ‘shake and bake’ method, where you place some of your vitamin and calcium powder into a plastic tub or bag, followed by your insects and shake them together until the food item is completely covered in powder, then serve.

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