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Posted by Jeff Judd on February 26, 2003 at 09:06:16:
In Reply to: Re: Taking Nutrition a Step Further posted by jteenstra on February 26, 2003 at 06:59:36:
:::Thank you for the info. I have tried the "shake and bake" method to a varying degree of success. Seems my HL is very picky when it comes to what the ant looks like. If dusty, he
:::ignores it. Not dusty, down the hatch it goes. I have to feed him two or three ants then drop in a dusted one. Have you had similar experience? Do suppose it just takes getting used to a different looking ant?
:: I don't have a problem with my captive bred individuals not accepting vitamin and mineral coated ants although I have experienced what you are describing with wild caught individuals. Perhaps they are accustomed to certain taste, movement, or color of ants , more study is definetly needed. Some species like solare refuse black ants that are eagerly accepted by other species. What worked for me was coating the ants with a very very light layer meaning throw a small amount in an ant jar but don't shake it. The ants should have it on their feet and a lite layer on their bodies. I also think it might be the individual being picky. You might try to confuse him by throwing three non-coated ants along with one thats coated(from a different jar). The species you have could help in my description.
:My HL is a Phrynosoma Solare, wild caught. He will only eat harvester ants as I have offered him black desert ants (don't know the type) which he avoids. I'll try letting the ants walk around in the Reptivite without shaking them.
Solare usually aren't very picky eaters(other than not accepting black ants). Instead of dusting the ants you might want to try a small cricket(make sure to remove the hind legs) or a small mealworm they usually accept both. Also add some minerals (such as miner-all).Minerals may be more beneficial than vitamins.