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Posted by Les4toads on July 29, 2002 at 15:52:52:
In Reply to: concentration of formic acid in ants posted by Mystina on July 29, 2002 at 15:09:19:
:i bought a HL recently and since it's still summertime here (i live in Québec, Canada), I give him ants (that i catch on my own) in addition of crikets and meal worms. but it's gonna be a bit difficult to give him ants during the winter time... I work in a lab, so I'm able to order formic acid Ultrapure, but I don't know wich amount to give to my HL. I know it can't totally replace ants, but still, it can't harm him if I give him the right concentration, right? I read that formic acid is vital for HL because they produce a base that neutralize this acid, and if they lack the acid, the base build up in their system and can kill them (on the long term).
:do any of you know the proportion or concentration of formic acid in an ant? If I know this information, I will be able to make a solution containing the right concentration for my lizard (i have all the equipment I need in the lab to make the right concentration).
:(by the way, sorry for my english, I'm french)
: There is no set concentration of formic acid in ants. It is dependent on the species of ant, for one, and there are other enzymes and nutrients that are produced by ants that horned lizards require. Ants are the ONLY thing that provides HLs with the nutritional requirement for health. There is no shortcut. I am sorry, but there are things that Mother Nature built into HLs and their food items that make horned lizards what they are. Lester G. Milroy III