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    I bought some hornworms last a reptile expo as a treat for my tree frogs. Quite a few of them have already gotten too big for my frogs and I'm giving them to a friend for her beard. I still have a lot of hornworms left in the container and I'm almost out of food. I read that you can give them tomatoes. Does this cause any ill effects on frogs or other herps? Does it effect the hornworms? Thanks!
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    Default Re: What to Feed Hornworms?

    tomato leaves are toxic and they make hornworms toxic too, I'd just give them plain old lettuce or greens.

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    I ended up using mulberry leaves. I was a bit worried since I live next a farm but the leaves are young and he hasn't sprayed anything yet. They ended up eating all the leaves and started eating some plastic wrap I was using for a lid. Would it still be safe to feed them to my frogs? I'd wait till it'd passed through their system of course...
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    Default Re: What to Feed Hornworms?

    Plastic isn't great, honestly. I'm not a chemist, I don't know if the hornworms would have picked up anything from the plastic. But if you think you can tell when all the plastic has been passed, I'd be personally willing to risk it if that was all I had to feed the frogs. I know frogs can sometimes pass plastic with little ill effect.

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