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Posted by jack deryke on February 02, 2001 at 15:20:24:
In Reply to: Drymobius margaritiferus - Catfish Dinner (pic) posted by Sacha Korell on October 20, 2000 at 23:17:45:
I don't know why I didn't think of this before!
: I've been feeding her frogs and frog-scented hoppers, but today when I was at the grocery store I thought to myself "I bet she also ate fish in the wild." So I went to the fish department and got a few catfish nuggets. I cut them to size, battered them with calcium powder, put them in her cage and waited. Well, as you can see in the picture, my hunch was right. Now I can try to scent the mice with catfish, which is a lot cheaper than frogs, and the possibility of reintroducing internal parasites is a lot smaller.
I luckily avoided the whole problem of parasites in lizards and vitamin deficiencies, by only feeding rodents. My male wild-caught import from Central America ate two pinks a week from the day he arrived as a 6o-gram yearling (estimate). At 2-1/2 ft and 125gms wt 1-1/2 years later, he violently scarfs down a fuzzy every 3 days. He's still not comfortable with being handled, but hasn't bitten me (good thing, with those razor-sharp tearing-teeth!) These guys are the closest thing to an Indigo in terms of pooping-abilty: he messes up his cage every single day but especially the day after feeding. VERY high metabolism. The book says they are nocturnal ground-dwelling frog-&-lizard eaters; this one eats rodents, basks on his tree limb which he climbs with no difficulty, and generally behaves like a supercharged rat snake... They're all individuals, so keep trying with rodents. He'll come around.