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Posted by kearley on December 26, 2001 at 17:27:59:
In Reply to: Feeding Hissers posted by Nick T.D on December 26, 2001 at 12:49:21:
If you are refering to Madagascar Hissing Cockaroaches then "NO", I haven't heard of anyone trying to feed anything other than "warm blooded" prey items and eggs. Even in "old" literature where they fed alot of eggs they mention raw meat as well but I can't recall insects.
There is even some documentation of them feeding on other lizards but its hard to tell if this is just misinformation or actual fact.
The vast majority of people that maintain Heloderms in captivity that I know (myself included)feed either mice, rats, or another type of rodent.
I would think that as inexpensive as rodents are together with the fact that most Heloderms will feed on prekilled, frozen, thawed prey this would limit the possibility of pathogens being transfered from prey, such as insects that can be a host for an assortment of parasites (coccidia,pinworms, etc).
So in a nutshell...I've never heard of it, but I am far from an expert. And if you were refering to something other than Madagascar Hissing Cockaroaches then please explain further. Or even explain why you even thought of feeding them to a Heloderm in the first place. There must be some reason.