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Posted by EdK on April 11, 2003 at 09:43:27:
In Reply to: Re: A cricket a day.. posted by breen7 on April 10, 2003 at 16:34:59:
The amount of of food required is directly dependent upon the temperature of the anirans as this affects the metabolic rate of the animal. The lower the temperature, the lower the metabolic rate. In an anuran there can be four fold increase in the metabolic rate between 5 C and 25 C (this hold about right for all anurans no matter the body weight).
You can calculate out the number of crickets per day (week or even month if you wanted if you know the following information, weight of the anuran, average weight of the type of cricket you feed, and the average temperature of the enclosure.
Having said that I feed a group of eight fire bellied toads. that are kept @ 70 F two times a week as much as they will eat in five to ten minutes Usually around 20-25 half grown crickets) as the size of the crickets often varies and all uneaten crickets are then removed from the enclosure. If your toads will at right from your fingers then you can offer them pieces of nightcrawlers but you should add a calcium source to the soil where the worms are kept as this will then give the worm a positive calcium to phosphorus ratio (calci-sand seems to work well).