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Medications Based on the Immune System of the Mealworm or Darkling Beetle (Tenebrio molitor) may someday prevent the Emergence of Drug Resistant Microbes – Research Update

Relevance: 83%      Posted on: January 19, 2009

  The mealworm has long been valued by pet keepers, but medical researchers are now giving it some respect as well.  A recent (December, 2008) article in the journal Science reveals that antimicrobial peptides manufactured by the mealworm beetle destroy any bacteria that happen to survive the original onslaught launched…

Feeding Leopard Geckos – Beyond the Cricket and Mealworm Diet – Part 2

Relevance: 34%      Posted on: March 12, 2010

Please see Part I of this article for Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) feeding basics.  Today we’ll cover 2 of the “finer points” you should keep in mind when feeding your pet. Mice Perhaps the biggest mistake pet keepers make regarding Leopard Geckos is to use pink mice as a regular…

Frog Diets – Nutritious Foods for Popularly-Kept Frogs and Toads – Part 1

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: December 2, 2010

Many frogs and toads that are collected or purchased and kept as pets will greedily accept crickets and mealworms, the food items most easily obtained from pet stores.  Most thrive on this fare for a time, but eventually develop nutritional disorders and expire long before they have reached their potential…

Product Review: Gel-Based Water Sources for House Crickets (Acheta domestica)

Relevance: 30%      Posted on: November 26, 2008

The house cricket is something of an insect oddity...at once both an adaptable, widely introduced species and a somewhat delicate captive.  Native to southwestern Asia, it fares poorly in the damp conditions favored by field crickets and other North American species. Providing a Water Source: the advantages of gels House…

Reptile, Amphibian, Scorpion and Tarantula Feeding Tools

Relevance: 30%      Posted on: April 11, 2014

Today I’d like to highlight some interesting feeding tools, automatic feeders, live food dispensers and other products designed for herp and invertebrate keepers.  Included are items that can lighten our work load, ensure safety when feeding aggressive creatures, and automatically provide meals in our absence.  I especially favor products that…

Earthworm Flakes – a New Food for Tadpoles, Newts and other Aquatic Pets

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: October 14, 2010

I have long been witness to the nutritional value of earthworms, and have even experimentally reared several amphibian and fish species on “earthworm only” diets (please see article below).  In my experience, whole, well-fed earthworms come very close to being a perfect food item for a wide variety of carnivorous…

Frog Diets – Nutritious Foods for Popularly-Kept Frogs and Toads

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: October 7, 2010

I caution frog keepers against the all-too-common “cricket and mealworm only” diet.  Today we’ll cover additional means of providing amphibians a varied diet that will promote longevity and breeding.  The following information applies to the care of American Bullfrogs, White’s Treefrogs, Budgett’s Frogs, most toads and many similar species.  Please…

2010’s Amphibian Discoveries – New Species and New Information – Part 2

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: May 3, 2011

Global amphibian declines and extinctions spurred herpetologists to pay special attention to frogs, salamanders and caecilians in 2010.  In Part 1 of this article, I reported on the discovery of several new species, and the re-discovery of a few that had not been seen for decades.  Today we’ll look at interesting…

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