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    My experiment with silk worms:

    For the past 5 weeks I have been raising silkworms. It's a lot easier than what the internet makes it seem like and also these caterpillars eat a tremendous amount!!! It took 1 week to hatch the eggs...
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    Re: American Toads Basking:

    I've always used UVB fluoros, I have added an additional one plus LED. Maybe it is the extra UVB, but seems plausible it is the extra warmth too. I feed them in the evening and they also get excited...
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    Re: American Toads Basking:

    picture attached
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    American Toads Basking:

    I've never read, or heard about Eastern American Toads basking, but my two have taken up the hobby. Ever since I got the Zoomed LED + reptisun bulbs (before I just had a reptisun fluoro), my toads...
  5. UPDATE: 2 week vitamin A treatment for short tongue syndrome completed:

    Hi everyone,

    I just finished the last vitamin A treatment for a 2 week protocol for treatment of hypovitaminosis A. It was largely successful! My toads went from struggling to eat 1 night crawler...
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    Re: Poll on American Toad temps:

    Thanks. High average was around 75 from where I got them... although I remember a much hotter summer 6 years summers ago! The temp is right around 76 at mid level and closer to 70-72 down on the...
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    Re: Adding moss from backyard

    Agreed. I collected some thick moss from the very back of my yard that isn't treated with anything and just rinsed it well. I added it to the log hide and it has been growing well there (misted...
  8. Sticky: Re: Water: Distilled vs purified vs everything else

    I use spring for the water pool and if I am adding water to the plants.

    I only use distilled for misting to eliminate any water deposits. 6 years and the glass is still crystal clear. Just have...
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    Poll on American Toad temps:

    I'm interested to see what people who keep Eastern American Toads aim to have the temperatures at. I have two that I have had for 6 years, raised from tad poles caught in northern Michigan. I have...
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    New lights for my toads:

    Here is a pic of my two american toads in their 40 gallon breeder with new reptisun LED lights. It now has the 2 LED lights along with two fluorescent reptisun bulbs. The plants are fairly new and...
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    Re: Night crawlers

    I second that about expanding the diet. I have fed my American Toads predominantly red wigglers then night crawlers for 6 years. I dusted with calcium with every feeding as advice from a very good...
  12. Re: Safest earthworms for pacmans and toads?

    Night crawlers and red wiggler worms are safe and nutritious, I just wouldn't catch them as they could have parasites and potentially have toxins given the environment. I get my worms from Uncle...
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    Re: Silk worm production

    I'll let you know how the silk worm breeding goes. Hopefully will have the project up and going in a month or so.

    The isopods look interesting. How is the chitin load though. Do you have...
  14. Re: Where to buy good quality night crawlers in California?

    Uncle Jim's Worms is a worm farm based in PA that ships all over the USA. They have high quality night crawlers and red wigglers. I use both for my toads. I have been using them for 8 years now. The...
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    Re: Red wiggler worm nutrient content:

    That is very intriguing and while at this moment I probably would not be able to undertake an endeavor like that, in the future I would definitely like to and probably be more in a situation where I...
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    Re: Red wiggler worm nutrient content:

    I use uncle Jimís worms. They have a good reputation and feed an organic meal that they have designed specifically to avoid parasites. I feed my worms that food mixed with gut load and have never had...
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    Red wiggler worm nutrient content:

    Hey everyone,

    For you all that feed red wigglers, I found a nice nutrition analysis of the worm, although the worms were freeze or oven dried. I am not exactly sure how the charts showing %...
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    Re: My toad can't eat

    Hi,
    Sounds like you toad may have "short tongue syndrome" caused by low vitamin A (hypovitaminosis A). I have been going through something similar with my two Eastern American Toads. Deficiency in...
  19. Research on a gut loading formula for vitamin A:

    I just ordered some of Mazuri's better bug gut loader which was recommended by another member on the forum. It came with an insert citing a study done on Wyoming toads. I have attached the link to...
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    Re: Silk worm production

    Thanks AAron. I do plan to continue to feed a variety on feeders to the toads, just would like to make Silkworms a main part of that diet which is why I want to breed them, especially given their...
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    Re: Silk worm production

    Thanks for that link Dan. That was very helpful! I did not know about needing to move them from the pods to the bins so that is really helpful. I think I am going to invest in a small incubator for...
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    Silk worm production

    Hi everyone,

    I am very interested in starting a silk worm breeder colony. I have been having trouble finding good sites that actually describe good set ups and process for actually breeding them,...
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    Re: How much vit A to give?

    I like Mazuri products and am excited to get this gut load this week. If you are raising insects and not just keeping a few days prior to feed, is this product intended to be fed as a primary diet or...
  24. Re: Short tongue syndrome in eastern american toads:

    In case anyone is interested in some academic information on vitamin A supplementation I found during my research I have attached a link to a very good overview on amphibian vitamin A metabolism and...
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    Re: How much vit A to give?

    If you are treating hypovitaminosis A, I found a treatment protocol that uses 1 unit of vitamin a per gram of weight your toad is. Since the gel caps are so concentrated compared to a ~50 gram or...
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