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Posted by AnthonyCaponetto on February 11, 2003 at 15:40:30:
In Reply to: Re: Diet question - Something I haven't seen asked posted by mikecoscia on February 10, 2003 at 21:59:33:
Yeah, I read all of the posts down there. I know that the T-Rex diet was made as a total replacement, but being into nutrition/fitness too, I have a hard time believing that a processed food product like that would cover everything.
I might just try what you said, and put the freeze-dried crickets in their food. If that doesn't work, I'd probably be more willing to accept the fact that I have to keep the live variety around.
I've kept big tubs of crickets before, and I just hated it. That was part of the reason why I got away from Veiled Chameleons.
Honestly, they're just another pain that I don't want to deal with all the time. Don't get me wrong, I would still get live crickets for them whenever I'm at the pet store, but I don't want to have to keep a steady supply of them on hand, at least not all the time.
Another problem I had before is that I have to keep the crickets in the same room as my herps. So, when I get new snakes, I always use a little bit of Black Knight on them and in their quarantine enclosures, which usually always ended up killing off most, if not all of the crickets that I had on hand.
BTW, I'm actually getting the Cresteds from Gary Quirk (posts here as g_quirk) at Bawaa Herps. In fact, I just re-designed their website, so be sure to check it out. http://www.bawaaherps.com
:The crested gecko diet was made so people would not have to feed live prey. I personally would never cut out feeder insects esp for younger animals, but that's just me (check out the post below). I have never tried freeze dried insects before, but I doubt they will be intrested. The movement of crix and the sweet smell of fruit is what gets them going. If you mix the freeze dried crix into the fruit they MIGHT eat it. Your gonna have to try it. Mixing it all up in a blender would prob work much better. Crix really are not that bad and do not smell if taken care of (heated, large cage, clean water...etc). Other than that you really can't get away from live prey with most lizards, they just love it so much =). Besides it is fun to watch them hunt and engage in normal activity =).