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Re: Another question about feeding hl babies


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Posted by Les4toads on August 28, 2002 at 17:42:18:

In Reply to: Another question about feeding hl babies posted by reptoman on August 28, 2002 at 13:33:05:

:IS there anything wrong with feeding them pin head crickets? Although our California HL's are large enough to eat ants, I have fed them pin head crickets as an offering but not as a main food source, and I also take a few red ants and roll them in my finger, you have to have the technique, but this usually incapacitates them enough that a baby will come up on the ants and eventually slurp them down. I think the big thing is not to put several ants that are hot in the cage as they start running around and startles and stresses the little HL's, or that seems to be my perspective on there reaction. I have also given them very small pincher bugs, and yes the good old common house fly as well, and they seem to eat all of these, but ant's are their favorites, but I think when they are this small they'll eat what ever is small enough and not percieved as dangerous.
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:Pinhead crickets are fine as a snack. Just do not give the baby HLs alot of them. My baby Coast HLs eat the small Pogonomyrmex californicus, the smaller red California Harvester Ant, with no problem. The baby HLs do dance around the ant to ensure they get the ant head-first though. Small insects are fine for variety of diet, just as long as they get their ants. Finger-rolling the ants is okay, though hazardous to the roller, just remember that the water content of the ant is also vital and necessary. Lester G. Milroy III



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