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    ShadowFrogLover21
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    I got a calcium supplement for my tree frog, but I'm not sure how often or much I should give him. It's called Rep-Cal, phosphorus-free, calcium with VIT.D

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    If it is the kind of supplement you feed the frog by mouth I would say at least once a week. Is this supplement solid or gel like? And do you feed it directly to the frog or to the crickets the frogs eat? The latter is the kind I use and I know you're supposed to feed the crickets or dust them at least twice a week, oral supplements I'm not sure of.

    What kind of frog is it?
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    Hi Miranda,
    Just put a very small amount of the powder into a jar such as a mason jar. Drop your crickets in the jar and swirl them around for a second or two to cover them in the dust. Then feed them to your frogs. A very small amount goes a long way.

    Some people use a Ziploc bag to do this but I think a jar is easier.

    As Kisa said, twice a week is good.
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    Kisa: it's an ultra-fine powder.

    Don: Thanks, I'll try the jar.

    Thanks for everyone's advice.

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    One more question, I have been feeding my frog mealworms and crickets. He usually eats about one meal worm, or two small crickets. Is this too much, as I'm trying to avoid obesity? But I'm also not trying to starve him.

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    Kisa might have a better answer for this since I don't feed mealworms. I believe they are more a treat than a nutritional valued item.
    1.0.0 Red Eyed Leaf/ Frog - Agalychnis callidryas
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    So do you feed mostly crickets? Everything I've read about White's Tree Frogs has said mealworms and crickets.

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    mealworms are kinds bad. They should only be used as a treat for larger frogs (4-5 inch) the shells are hard to digest and can cause impaction.

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    ShadowFrogLover21
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    So do you think I should stick to crickets as the main source of his diet?

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    yep crix. Wax worms for treats-- or to fatten them ip if they're skinney. Once they get over 3" you can feed them nightcrawlers from Walmart. Make sure u soak and strip the poop out of them. You can also use canned silk worms until they're grown. But u have to handfeed them with thongs. I can't wait for summer, in going to make a fly trap, and get them some real exercise chasing those.

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