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Posted by DC on March 30, 2003 at 23:05:05:
In Reply to: Catawba worms! posted by whoaitsz on March 30, 2003 at 18:29:39:
can collaredes eat this dudes? they are everywhere here and no pesticides at all.
The larvae of CERATOMIA CATALPAE are known to be eaten by various birds and fish, so are *most likely* non-toxic to reptiles. They are relatives of the tomato hornworm (which is raised as a feeder insect when NOT fed on tomato leaves) so there is a concern about what the larvae itself has consumed prior to using it as a food source for collareds. I have no information about its nutritional value or composition, but from what I read about it, it is considered SO palatable by certain fish species that there may be a possibility your lizards will become "spoiled" by them (if they are fed over a long perid of time), to the point they might reject other more nutritious foods. Some of mine will reject crickets if I offer them too many mealworms, for example. I would use caution and remember to only use them as an occasional source of *variety* in the diet IF you can be sure they are free from pesticides and have not fed on any toxic plants. Hopefully someone will pop up who has had some firsthand experience feeding them. Personally I would wait until I heard more.
Grasshoppers are part of the diet of wild collareds. Mine LOVE the wax moths that develop from waxworms (but I know the source they come from). Wild earthworms I would avoid, as they are vectors for too many parasites and diseases, at least for poultry....