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Posted by Les4toads on October 14, 2002 at 11:20:31:
In Reply to: Re: Formic Acid/HL's diet posted by Les4toads on October 14, 2002 at 11:14:01:
::Hi thanks Lester for all the information you have provided for me. I have had my two desert hls for two months. They have eaten crickets much of the time. I do not have the access to ants here and was wondering if I HAVE to give ants to my hls, if it is best. And if not, what can I give them instead of ants to get the formic acid they need to be healthy? Thanks again for your time.
::You must have ants for the HL diet. There are no substitutes. There are no "magic" replacements for ants. Ants are the primary staple food item in the HL diet. Check here in the forum for the source of ants (lifestudies.com and 1-877-864-2207). Lester G. Milroy III
:Where are you located that you do not have access to some species of ants? The formic acid issue keeps coming up and I have addressed that in the past more than anything else. That is just one small part of what ants provide to HLs. Horned lizards, you can say to some extent, have coevolved with ants in North America. The high availability of the ants and varieties of ants have allowed the HLs to benefit and prosper. There is no other food source that benefits the HLs better than ants. Lester G. Milroy III