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Posted by iwana on April 23, 2003 at 07:32:45:
In Reply to: Hogwash I say :) posted by shannons on April 22, 2003 at 20:58:28:
Thanks for the reply. I think what the guy was explaining though was that the bacteria present in their gut was part of their genetic make-up and it was the reason why they were able to digest rotting vegetation, not that the bacteria was there as a result of what they were eating.
My guess, though, is that *all* insects have some sort of bacteria in their gut and that the significance of this is greatly reduced when the insects are kept in a clean environment and fed healthful foods. Or maybe roaches are particularly bad because of their amazing resilience? Hrm...
I agree with you that it seems this guy is overly paranoid. You can't, after all, keep herps in completely sterile conditions, otherwise how will they ever build any antibodies.
Just curious, though: how long have you been feeding roaches to your herps?
:We feed hissers from our colony to both our Jackson's and Veiled. They thrive on them. The logic that after hundreds of captive bred generations on dog food and veggies from the grocers that the babies are going to have bacteria from their "wild diet" is just a figment of someone's worried mind. Hissers give birth to live young, but those young hatch from eggs just like any other insect - they just are retracted inside mom till they are developed. Enjoy your colony - we haven't really bought any cham food in at least six months and our chams love the roaches...Bartleby the Jackson's even eats them out of DH's hand now. We also feed them to our geckos and bearded dragon(s)...