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    Is it better to get pet store crickets or wild caught, and why.

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    Not wild - wild carry internal parasites (if you collect 100 crickets, most will have parasites) and these can be communicated to your frogs.
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    yup definitely never use wild caught anything as food.

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    Well, that's not really true - to the best of my knowledge, earthworms do not have any communicable parasites for frogs/toads. Earthworms have their own parasites though, just not ones that can be passed on to carnivores.
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    hmm i heard that fish are bad too.

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    I am only saying this for arguments sake so don't take it any other way.

    I have a wild caught Grey tree frog, it has been eating wild crickets(etc) all it's life.

    So because it now lives in an aquarium that same diet is bad for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJnMe View Post
    I am only saying this for arguments sake so don't take it any other way.

    I have a wild caught Grey tree frog, it has been eating wild crickets(etc) all it's life.

    So because it now lives in an aquarium that same diet is bad for it?
    I think this may be the exception... if you caught the frog in your area and fed it insects from the same area.

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    hmm interesting. Also does anyone know if slugs are ok? wild caught

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    I definitely agree, if your critter is NOT from your area you should NEVER feed local insects.

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    I think this may be the exception... if you caught the frog in your area and fed it insects from the same area.

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    Yup thats a good rule.

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    Our chickens LOVE slugs.....

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    hmm interesting. Also does anyone know if slugs are ok? wild caught

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    chickens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Highum View Post
    chickens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Highum View Post
    hmm interesting. Also does anyone know if slugs are ok? wild caught
    I don't know, but I found these large leopard slugs on my porch last month and contemplated putting them in with my frogs... I decided not to.
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    hmm is it possible to breed slugs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Highum View Post
    yup definitely never use wild caught anything as food.

    According to Frank Indiviglio, wild caught invertebrates are perfectly suitable for many captive animals.

    While I do not fully agree with this personally, in the US earthworms, slugs, and snails are fair game, if collected from pesticide free locations and away from roads and airports. Many beetles are fair game too. Woodlice are also another option, as are springtails.

    As for crickets, I only feed wild caught crickets and grasshoppers to my WC specimens that I got locally. Even then, they are only fed wild caught until winter hits, at which time they get treated for parasites. Once treatment starts, I only feed them farm raised or self cultured foods.

    Honestly though, wild caught foods are a ton of work, and frankly I am willing to pay a few dollars to get large amounts. To feed my zoo wild caught foods would require me to forage about 8 hours a day...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Highum View Post
    hmm is it possible to breed slugs?
    Very easy. keep them cool, keep them moist, and keep them dark. Feed them left over salad greens. They do the rest of the work for you. I have a rather large colony of gray slugs going strong in my Hyla chrysoscelis enclosure. I have other colonies going in my Ambystoma opacum and Ambystoma maculatum tanks.
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