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Posted by LizardFlorida on May 11, 2003 at 23:55:22:
In Reply to: how long will Fat Ethel live in captivity??? posted by ginevive on May 10, 2003 at 06:03:38:
Oh I bought him-but it was captured in the wild by a store employee. It was crammed in with other bullfrogs and thin, but not anymore :-) Today I fed it a pinkie and was shocked he just sucked it up and GONE in less than a second! that was after 15 crickets today.
I routinely put calcium (with D3) powder and vitamin powder and gutload crickets prior to feeding. I think after another week I can slow down with feedings. but he`s getting more adepted with begging.
My other bullfrog will not accept food by hand. but she eats, on the average, a few crickets a day and looks nice and plump. they both have their own living quarters.
:It 's kinda hard to say how long he'll live because you dont really know how old he is now. But they can live for many years. If you're just giving him one or two food items like crickets, you could give them every day or every other day. If he looked thin when you got him, it would be wise to gradually get him back to an ideal weight, but not to shock his system by overfeeding right away. Maybe also use some vitamin/calcium powder?
:Was he injured or really thin when you caught him? Usually I would say it is bad to take wild frogs from the wild, but bullfrogs are an exception because they are introduced to many areas, and I am sure there's no shortage of them in this country :)