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    Hi Frank,
    As usual, you leave us with valuable information !
    Fondly, Lynn
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    Thanks so much, Lynn, I really appreciate that.

    When you have time, pl let me know what diet you use for your treefrogs; I favor small moths, caterpillars, termites in summer, houseflies, some crickets in winter, but hearing both good and bad reports from zoos on this and other diets, Thx, Frank

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    Hello Frank,
    I wanted to answer your question here so I would not be hijacking your thread.
    Your valuable information will get double exposure!

    I feed my A callidryas and A moreletii the same way.

    I do, however, vary the supplements I dust the crickets with:
    Repashy-Calcium Plus
    Rep-cal calcium with vits D
    Rep-cal Herptivite

    I feed them everyday
    I do not ration food in any way
    I feed in clear glass bowls
    I dust daily, alternating the products above.

    I would be grateful for your opinion regarding this feeding routine.
    Fondly, Lynn
    Current Collection
    Dendrobates leucomelas - standard morph
    Dendrobates auratus “Costa Rican Green Black"
    Dendrobates auratus "Pena Blanca"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “New River”
    Dendrobates tinctorius "Green Sipaliwini"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “Powder Blue"
    Dendrobates tinctorius "French Guiana Dwarf Cobalt"

    Phyllobates terribilis “Mint”
    Phyllobates terribilis "Orange"
    Phyllobates bicolor "Uraba"

    Oophaga pumilio "Black Jeans"
    Oophaga pumilio "Isla Popa"
    Oophaga pumilio "Bastimentos"
    Oophaga pumilio “Mimbitimbi”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Colubre"
    Oophaga pumilio "Red Frog Beach”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Branco"
    Oophaga pumilio “Valle del Rey”
    Oophaga pumilio "BriBri"
    Oophaga pumilio "El Dorado"
    Oophaga pumilio "Cristobal"
    Oophaga pumilio "Rambala"

    Oophaga “Vicentei” (blue)

    Oophaga sylvatica "Paru"
    Oophaga sylvatica "Pata Blanca"
    Oophaga histrionica “Redhead”
    Oophaga histrionica "Blue"
    Oophaga lehmanni "Red"
    Oophaga histrionica "Tado"

    Ranitomeya variabilis "Southern"
    Ranitomeya imitator "Varadero"
    Ranitomeya sirensis "Lower Ucayali"
    Ranitomeya vanzolinii

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    Hi Lynn, Thanks for the kind words and feedback.

    Many zoos and private keepers do well on the diet you describe. Here's a note with some of my practices. there are risks to using wild caught insect, but I've never run into problems, even when using commercial insect traps on grounds of Bx Zoo. However, West Nile spraying campaigns and related are a concern.

    Best, Frank

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    Default Re: Ten Best Ways to Prepare for a Career in Herpetology

    Quote Originally Posted by findiviglio View Post
    Hi Lynn, Thanks for the kind words and feedback.

    Many zoos and private keepers do well on the diet you describe. Here's a note with some of my practices. there are risks to using wild caught insect, but I've never run into problems, even when using commercial insect traps on grounds of Bx Zoo. However, West Nile spraying campaigns and related are a concern.

    Best, Frank
    Thanks very much, Frank
    I'm sure red eyed tree frogs keepers will enjoy and benefit from this.
    As mentioned in the "here's a note", a nutritious cricket diet is as equally important.

    I tried raising wax worm moths once. My red eyed tree frogs had difficulty catching them. I should try again.
    Maybe I could modify ( ) the moth and put it into the feeder bowl?
    The moreletii are more proficient hunters, I'm sure they would enjoy and benefit from them as well.
    It's easy enough to raise them.

    So true, regarding the West Nile spraying. I'm in north western Suffolk county, Long Island.
    Despite what "they" say; it has ,sadly, taken a toll on the the # of Monarch butterflies over the past few years.

    Lynn
    Current Collection
    Dendrobates leucomelas - standard morph
    Dendrobates auratus “Costa Rican Green Black"
    Dendrobates auratus "Pena Blanca"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “New River”
    Dendrobates tinctorius "Green Sipaliwini"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “Powder Blue"
    Dendrobates tinctorius "French Guiana Dwarf Cobalt"

    Phyllobates terribilis “Mint”
    Phyllobates terribilis "Orange"
    Phyllobates bicolor "Uraba"

    Oophaga pumilio "Black Jeans"
    Oophaga pumilio "Isla Popa"
    Oophaga pumilio "Bastimentos"
    Oophaga pumilio “Mimbitimbi”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Colubre"
    Oophaga pumilio "Red Frog Beach”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Branco"
    Oophaga pumilio “Valle del Rey”
    Oophaga pumilio "BriBri"
    Oophaga pumilio "El Dorado"
    Oophaga pumilio "Cristobal"
    Oophaga pumilio "Rambala"

    Oophaga “Vicentei” (blue)

    Oophaga sylvatica "Paru"
    Oophaga sylvatica "Pata Blanca"
    Oophaga histrionica “Redhead”
    Oophaga histrionica "Blue"
    Oophaga lehmanni "Red"
    Oophaga histrionica "Tado"

    Ranitomeya variabilis "Southern"
    Ranitomeya imitator "Varadero"
    Ranitomeya sirensis "Lower Ucayali"
    Ranitomeya vanzolinii

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    I am jumping in here a bit late, but had a couple questions. I am going to start trying the feeding bowl idea and have read both glass and stainless steel are appropriate. The only point is to keep the bugs from crawling out. I am just not certain how large of a bowl to use in regards to width. I can't imagine all of my frogs trying to eat at once, but, then again, they are frogs. : ) There are 8 sub-adults in the vivarium (huge - 2x2x4).

    i have been thinking about other food items, so I wanted to see what kind of luck people had with feeding worms and roaches. Do they do well with them? By that, I mean do they eat them? It is fun watching them hunt the crickets, but I really want to make sure they are eating appropriately.

    Thanks for your feedback. By the way, the blog on reading herp lit was perfect. I actually prefer the "old stuff" when people relied more on their own senses than on the technology of today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purrdoc View Post
    I am jumping in here a bit late, but had a couple questions. I am going to start trying the feeding bowl idea and have read both glass and stainless steel are appropriate. The only point is to keep the bugs from crawling out. I am just not certain how large of a bowl to use in regards to width. I can't imagine all of my frogs trying to eat at once, but, then again, they are frogs. : ) There are 8 sub-adults in the vivarium (huge - 2x2x4).

    i have been thinking about other food items, so I wanted to see what kind of luck people had with feeding worms and roaches. Do they do well with them? By that, I mean do they eat them? It is fun watching them hunt the crickets, but I really want to make sure they are eating appropriately.

    Thanks for your feedback. By the way, the blog on reading herp lit was perfect. I actually prefer the "old stuff" when people relied more on their own senses than on the technology of today.
    Hi ,
    I use clear glass ( 1 quart ) 3" side .....6" in diameter
    Actually, I put 2 in each of the enclosures/ each night.
    And remove them in the morning.

    For example:
    one enclosure 4 frogs - 2 bowls ( adult red eyed)
    another enclosure 5 frogs - 2 bowls ( adult black eyed)
    Current Collection
    Dendrobates leucomelas - standard morph
    Dendrobates auratus “Costa Rican Green Black"
    Dendrobates auratus "Pena Blanca"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “New River”
    Dendrobates tinctorius "Green Sipaliwini"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “Powder Blue"
    Dendrobates tinctorius "French Guiana Dwarf Cobalt"

    Phyllobates terribilis “Mint”
    Phyllobates terribilis "Orange"
    Phyllobates bicolor "Uraba"

    Oophaga pumilio "Black Jeans"
    Oophaga pumilio "Isla Popa"
    Oophaga pumilio "Bastimentos"
    Oophaga pumilio “Mimbitimbi”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Colubre"
    Oophaga pumilio "Red Frog Beach”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Branco"
    Oophaga pumilio “Valle del Rey”
    Oophaga pumilio "BriBri"
    Oophaga pumilio "El Dorado"
    Oophaga pumilio "Cristobal"
    Oophaga pumilio "Rambala"

    Oophaga “Vicentei” (blue)

    Oophaga sylvatica "Paru"
    Oophaga sylvatica "Pata Blanca"
    Oophaga histrionica “Redhead”
    Oophaga histrionica "Blue"
    Oophaga lehmanni "Red"
    Oophaga histrionica "Tado"

    Ranitomeya variabilis "Southern"
    Ranitomeya imitator "Varadero"
    Ranitomeya sirensis "Lower Ucayali"
    Ranitomeya vanzolinii

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    Thank you for the reply. And, you put various worms and roaches in the bowl as well? Do you find your frogs have a favorite? Oh, mine are red-eyes. Do you see multiple frogs feeding at the same time? Thanks again.

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