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Posted by Les4toads on November 25, 2002 at 10:43:53:
In Reply to: Re: New Owner - a few questions (long - any help apprec) posted by WYOtoads on November 24, 2002 at 22:52:46:
:I do not mean to sound rude when I say this but back off! I am not by any means any expert on these horned lizards, but I am sussessfully raising two in captivity just fine on the Argentine ants. When I was coming to this forum on a regular basis all I got was that I had no business raising these things and how uneducated I was-well geez that is why I came to this site, to learn. As I explained in that reply to the New Owner I said that they could answer all the questions they had at Ants Alive/Life Studies. They are very helpful to us dumb people who are just trying to raise horned lizards, just as I was trying to be to this particular writer. I came to this forum looking for answers and a little chat here and there, not to be told how wrong I was in sharing a little insight I have on a difficult question-what do you feed baby HLs?
:I have a strong doubt that the ants are Argentine ants. These are a non-native species to the United States and they are a problem for HLs. Argentine Ants have been a major research item here in California and the negative impact that they are having on HL populations. Solenopsis xyloni are just fine for HLs to eat. They are a native "fire ant" and are beneficial to HL health. Messor pergandi and Messor andrei are also excellent food choices. Messor pergandi are not normally accepted by some species of HLs though. I suggest that you get a confirmed ID on the ants that are being identified as Argentine Ants. Like I said, they are a non-native species and have a negative impact on HL populations. I have seen it time and time again. Gordon Snelling is an ant specialist and is knowledgeable in this area. Lester G. Milroy III