If you're feeding more than one White's, you should look into mail-order
crix. I get mine from Fluker's, but I'll probably be trying Rose Farm
for my next order. (they're on this newsgroup <waves hi>) Even with
shipping costs, on the average mail-order bugs cost about a quarter of
what you're paying at the pet store, and they're healthier and longer
In warm weather or warm climates, wild-caught bugs are a great addition
to your frogs' diet. Just be absolutely SURE that no pesticides have
been used on or around the area where you catch them. A sweep-net and a
wide-mouthed jar are all that you need.
You can reduce the "lazy-fying" effect by feeding them smaller batches
more often...a few crix per frog daily instead of larger batches once or
twice a week. If you feed big batches at once, the frogs quickly learn
that they just have to sit still and a bug will walk right in front of
them. Also, having a little extra "cage clutter" for the crix to hide in
helps. Make those frogs work for their bugs! Having a large cage with
places for the crickets to hide, and wander out every once in a while,
maintains something closer to natural hunting behavior.
Hot dogs aren't good food for HUMANS let alone frogs! (sez the woman who
lives on cheap chicken franks and mac&cheese...)
Pinkie mice are often accepted by White's, but if crix are wiping out
your critter-feeding budget, pinkies will destroy it. Frozen pinkies are
usually cheaper. To feed a frozen pinkie to a frog, thaw it completely
(I've been putting the ones for my corn snake in a plastic margarine-tub
lid on top of the red-eye's light hood while I feed the other
critters... about ten minutes and they're thawed) then impale it on the
tip (only) of a broom straw and wiggle it in front of a frog. <snap>
<gulp> <chews with eyeballs> Of course, this room service ("perch
service"?) results in even _lazier_ frogs!
Are you gut-loading and/or calcium dusting your crix?
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