I can't wait to read it!
This is a discussion on Study Examines Cricket Nutrient Levels (3 species & several cricket diets) within the Food, Feeders, Live, Frozen, Culturing, etc forums, part of the General Topics category; Hi All, Captive insect-eating reptiles and amphibians (and perhaps invertebrates) are often plagued by nutritional deficiencies. A highly-varied diet is ...
Captive insect-eating reptiles and amphibians (and perhaps invertebrates) are often plagued by nutritional deficiencies. A highly-varied diet is a great way to ensure adequate nutrition, but most keepers have access to only a few feeder-insect species; gut-loading (providing nutritious diets to feeders) is helpful, but detailed studies are lacking. While touring several Japanese zoos a few years ago, I was intrigued by the number of cricket species being bred as herp food, and resolved to investigate the species and diets I saw in greater detail. A recent article in Zoo Biology (2011, V. 30), which provides insights into carotenoid supplementation in three different cricket species, has re-sparked my interest. Iíll summarize below. Also included are notes on other cricket/grasshopper species. Read article here: Crickets and Carotenoids - Study Examines Cricket Nutrient Levels | That Reptile Blog
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I can't wait to read it!
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thank you so much! I always love reading these articles. I have Gryllus Assimilis right now
I noticed the part about the virus that is wiping out the population of house crickets. I read a small article about this and the Gryllus Assimilis are not the ones who are a threat, it is the crazy red heads that look very similar in size and shape. Gryllus Assimilis are darker in color when they reach maturity.
It is illegal to ship crazy reds across state borders except within CA, since they are native to the area. I will see if I can find you that article I read.
The pet store I bought my crickets from said they were not the Crazy reds, but if you dont mind me asking, could I take some pictures of the ones I have an get a positive ID? I know you are a herpetologist and not an entymologist, but I am sure you will know more than I do.
here is the website: Ghann's Cricket Farm :: Gryllus Info
Thanks so much for the kind words..please let me know what you think! Best, Frank
I've not worked with them all that much, but would be happy to take a look. If you can link to the photos, could I trouble you to also post after my article, on the blog, as other readers would appreciate. If you'll be attaching to an email, you can send to email@example.com. Best, Frank
absolutely! I will send those pictures to you tonight and reply to your blog. Great blog by the way!
Much appreciated, take care, Frank
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