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How Many Live Feeder Insects Does My Pet Need?

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How many bugs do I need to buy for my pet?  One hundred?  One thousand?  One MILLION?!?!?!  Could you imagine one million roaches showing up on your door step...  Our growing pets come in a variety of ages, sizes, and species.  Some are exclusively insectivors (leopard geckos), while others are ominvores (bearded dragons).  So it's important to understand how many feeder insects we need to provide for our beautiful pets, to make sure they are properly nourished, and not underfed.   How many crickets does my pet need? How many superworms does my pet need? How many black soldier fly larvae...

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Which are the Best Live Feeder Insects?

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The nutritional profile of an insectivorous lizard (like a leopard gecko) should be balanced in the range below: Typical Carnivorous Reptile Diet High in Protein (30-60%) High in Fat (40-70%) Low carbohydrates and Indigestible Fiber Other, omnivorous species, have slightly different dietary requirements. However, the insects they eat should be close to this composition for maximum benefits! The high protein allows your pet to build new cells, repair injuries, and create new proteins. The fat serves as a major energy source - eventually being turned into energy for each cell in your pet’s body! Here's how the most common feeder insects compare...

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Why Do My Crickets Keep Dying?

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Why Do My Crickets Keep Dying? Table of Contents Nothing is more frustrating than to receive a huge order of crickets, only to have most of them die before you get a chance to feed them out.  There are several reasons why your crickets may not survive.   Ammonia Buildup  This is probably the most common killer, especially for beginning keepers.  It is not enough to just provide feed and a little water for your colony, daily sanitation and great ventilation are critical components as well.  A little cricket mortality is to be expected.  But each one that dies and is...

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American Toad Care Guide

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American Toad Care Guide  Table of Contents What Are American Toads? American toads, Anaxyrus americanus, are native to North America and go by the most impressive number of scientific names that I have run across in a while. Others are Bufo americanus, Bufo terrestris americanus, Bufo americanus charlesmithi, and Bufo terrestris copei, to name just a few.  The Eastern American Toad hybridizes freely with the Dwarf American toad, resulting in some interesting variations that plainly keep herpetologists arguing with each other for years.  Where do American Toads Live? In the United States, Eastern American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus americanus) are found throughout...

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How Many Superworms to Feed my Pet?

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How Many Superworms Should I Feed My Pet? Table of Contents What's So Great About Superworms? Superworms can be a great part of any captive insectivore’s diet, though you must feed your pet the right amount of appropriately sized superworms for different stages of your pet’s life.   This article dives into the nutritional content and appropriate amounts of superworms of many different pets, including bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons, scorpions, and tarantulas.  In general, superworms contain a very similar nutritional composition compared to mealworms. They are high in protein and fat and have a similar amount of calcium (though superworms and...

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