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Raising Springtails as Food for Poison Frogs, Mantellas and other Small Amphibians – Part 1

Relevance: 15%      Posted on: January 11, 2010

The diets of captive Poison Frogs (Dendrobates, Phyllobates, Oophaga), Mantellas, small salamanders (i.e. Red-Backed Salamanders) and tiny, newly-transformed amphibians are usually limited to the two readily available foods of appropriate size – pinhead crickets and fruit flies.  The minute, wingless insects known as Springtails (Order Collembola) are easy to procure…

Live Bloodworms – An Important Food for Small Amphibians and Their Larvae

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: July 16, 2010

Those of us who keep and breed small aquatic amphibians usually have a difficult time providing our pets with dietary variety.  This is especially true as regards salamander larvae and other creatures that usually accept only live foods.  In most cases, such animals must make do with the pet trade…

The Monitor Lizards (Family Varanidae) – Family Overview and Species Accounts; – Some Interesting Monitors and Their Care – Part I

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: October 1, 2008

Note: Please see The Monitor Lizards (Family Varanidae) – Family Overview and Species Accounts for information on the natural history of monitor lizards. Storr’s Pygmy Monitor, Varanus storri This is the smallest monitor regularly available in the pet trade.   Also nearly the tiniest member of the family Varanidae, this species has…

Feeding American Box Turtles – Formulating the Best Diet for Your Pet

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: December 6, 2011

Three of the 4 species in the genus Terrapene – the Eastern, Three-Toed and Ornate Box Turtles - as well as several of the 10 subspecies, have long been popular in the pet trade.  However, they should not be classified as “beginner’s turtles”…in fact, their dietary and other requirements are…

Emperor Scorpion, Pandinus imperator, Care – Part 1

Relevance: 14%      Posted on: March 6, 2009

Please see Scorpions in Captivity - An Overview of Popular Species for information on scorpion venom and natural history. Emperor Scorpion, Pandinus imperator One of the world's largest scorpions, the emperor is also the most widely kept, and captive born specimens are readily available.  Other than females with young on their back, emperor…

World’s Smallest Frogs Added to 2011’s List of Newly-Discovered Amphibians

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: January 2, 2012

Two frog species recently discovered in southeastern New Guinea are smaller than any other 4-legged vertebrate.  Within their pea-sized bodies, they pack a brain, lungs, heart, digestive system and most of the other organs that people have…simply astounding! Tiny Frogs and Fish The frogs, Paedophryne dekot and P. verrucosa, were…

Frog Diets: Supplement Raises Poison Frog Egg Output & Tadpole Survival

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: February 27, 2015

Tulane University researchers have published an important study concerning captive frog nutrition that should be of interest to all amphibian and reptile keepers. A colony of Strawberry Poison Frogs (Oophaga pumilio) was maintained on a diet comprised of fruit flies. When carotenoids were added to the fruit fly diet, the…

Hunting the Huntsman – Keeping the Giant Crab or Huntsman Spider – Part 2

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: December 30, 2009

In Part I of this article I talked a bit about collecting (or trying to collect!) the Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria, in a most unlikely setting.  Usually purchased as a “curiosity”, the Huntsman often surprises its new owners with a range of interesting behaviors – if you thought that spider…

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