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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices
Live Insects

The practices outlined in this section relate to methods of food presentation that do not require the use of special materials or devices. Scatter feeds, use of specific locations, and methods of ensuring that specific animals receive required medications and dietary supplements are dealt with.

Live Insects

Method Crickets, Locusts, Waxworms, Fruit-flies. Scattered into the enclosure to hide under wood-chip, or onto the surface of ponds (for crocodiles).
Species Meerkat, Coati. Mongoose, Lizards, Dwarf Crocodile (Locusts), and Frogs (Hatchling Crickets and other small Insects)
Purpose Provide fresh and mobile source of natural food, which must be actively caught.
Pro Takes time to hunt or forage for live prey, and provides exercise.
Con Must monitor populations of insects to prevent them overrunning enclosures if they are not eaten.
Improvements Use aphids (greenfly / blackfly) in summer - cut infested branches from plants and put them into the enclosure.
Comments Frogs, in particular, require motion to stimulate feeding behaviour. Feeding insects to animals is allowed in the UK, as legislation only prohibits feeding of vertebrate prey. Insects dusted with vitamin powder as a dietary supplement should be placed in a dish to be eaten before the powder falls off. Should ensure that wild-collected insects have not been sprayed with insecticides.
Frequency of Use Daily (Reptiles), Three Times per Week (Mammals).
Ratings Usefulness 10/10
Convenience 7/8
Value For Money 10/8
Range of Users 9/10
Contributed By Reptile Section / Carnivore Section

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