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    I bought me a Sonoran Desert Toad two months ago from a reptile show. The guy was selling adults and juveniles. I bought a juvenile because I like the satisfaction of raising my frogs from youth haha. The vendor fed them on a diet of only mice! Anyways he's a tank. The first month I had him he'd eat around 30 crickets a week! But lately he's slowed down his eating. I'll drop crickets in and he wont go after them like he used to. His tank is warm, he's on eco earth (half completely dry and the other half is as wet as a pacman's tank) and has a large water dish. Can anyone tell me what'd the matter with him? He's still eating but not nearly as much. I want him to get huge!! Also he's in a ten gallon. Should I upgrade? He's still a small lad only about 4 inches long.

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    Default Re: Sonoran Desert Toad not eating as much?!

    Sorry your toad isn't doing well. Please answer the below questions to help and try to figure out what is the problem. Also, what do you feed crickets before feeding them to toad? Have you tried other foods like Night Crawlers (can use not dyed from Walmart or bait shops). Thank you !

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    1. Size of enclosure
    2. # of inhabitants - specifically other frogs and size differences
    3. Humidity
    4. Temperature
    5. Water - type - for both misting and soaking dish
    6. Materials used for substrate
    7. Enclosure set up i.e. plants (live or artificial), wood, bark and other materials.
    - How were things prepared prior to being put into the viv.
    8. Main food source
    9. Vitamins and calcium? (how often)
    10. Lighting
    11. What is being used to maintain the temperature of the enclosure
    12. When is the last time he/she ate
    13. Have you found poop lately
    14. A pic would be helpful including frog and enclosure (any including cell phone pic is fine)
    15. How old is the frog
    16. How long have you owned him/her
    17. Is the frog wild caught or captive bred
    18. Frog food- how often and if it is diverse, what other feeders are used as treats
    19. How often the frog is handled
    20. Is the enclosure kept in a high or low traffic area
    21. Describe enclosure maintenance (water changes, cleaning, etc)


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    Default Re: Sonoran Desert Toad not eating as much?!

    1. 10 gallon
    2. 1
    3. Relatively Dry
    4. Day:85F Night:72F
    5. Dechlorinated
    6. Eco Earth
    7. None except for a wood log hide
    - Vivarium was the same
    8. Crickets but the vendor only fed him mice
    9. Calcium every time I feed him
    10. 70 watt
    11. Heat Lamp with 70 watt bulb
    12. Couple of days ago
    13. Yes last week
    14. N/A profile pic or album
    15. Young but I don't know. Not quite an adult.
    16. 3 months
    17. Captive bred
    18. Occasional pinky
    19. Handled rarely
    20. Low traffic area but there is noise. Its not deadly silent.
    21. Water change every other day and I mist the tank when the substrate is completely dry

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