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Insect feeding

Postby DreadlordSkeleton » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:52 am

I have a question. I have a 1 and a half year old male dragon. I read that they eat 20-30 crickets a day which is twice as much that you get here in one go. Does he really need to eat so much every day? Because im not very rich and im not made of money.
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:06 am

What size crickets.

My adults only want 8 large or 10 medium sized crickets per day ( in their daily feed).
I also gave one or two large silkworms per day when I had them and salad.

An 18 month old dragon not yet fully grown, so needs the insect protein. Give what it wants.
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby DreadlordSkeleton » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:11 am

I dont know what sizes there are but they are all adults. Also he DEVOURED some darling beattles in the last days is that wrong or ok?
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:41 am

Most species of crickets are born looking like adults, even though they may not be. Can you measure the length? (Nearest 1/8" I think)
A couple/few darklings shouldn't hurt, but probably shouldn't be a regular thing. My guess is that he ate them because:
1. Of hunting instinct--if it moves, snarf it.
2. He was still hungry.

Are there any other kinds of feeders you can readily acquire?
Is he eating any greens yet?
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby DreadlordSkeleton » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:12 am

The crickets are definetly adults now as i have them for sevral weeks now. He cant have any other insects since there arent any on sale except for darling beetles, crickets or meelworms. He eats greens every day (endive/radichio)
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:46 am

Here is a website for nutrition -- I would give variety of greens -
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html and you can try BSFL- here is a website to order those if you like https://symtonbsf.com/
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby DreadlordSkeleton » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:49 am

What about the crickets then? I cant afford to give him 10-20 every day, if you can get 10 from 1 go. Extremely often there are only regular darling beetles left in the stores with meelworms and crickets sold out
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:43 am

Have you looked into ordering online. It's way cheaper. You can usually get 1000 crickets for around 25 bucks.

Or look into starting a dubia colony. Slightly expensive at first, but after a couple months they should be breeding more than you need.

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Re: Insect feeding

Postby DreadlordSkeleton » Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:53 pm

Thanks everyone for replays. I will try your advices.



Bdw I dont have to buy greens because i have a whole garden of them. Thanks hovewhere for the suggestions. Appreciate it
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby DreadlordSkeleton » Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:54 pm

Update: how much bucks equals 1 euro because i live in slovenia and we have euros?
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:05 am

DreadlordSkeleton wrote:Update: how much bucks equals 1 euro because i live in slovenia and we have euros?

You can always find that out via Google: Dollar to Euro (currently 0.90) or Euro to Dollar currently 1.11) :wink:

BTW, insects from your garden are not recommended as you cannot tell what kinds of parasite load they may be carrying or what pesticides/other chemicals they may have been exposed to. :wink:
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Re: Insect feeding

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:20 am

I'm sure there are mail order live feeder insect suppliers in slovenia or in a nearby EU country who can supply
live crickets
live roaches
live locusts
live silkworms ( eggs, worms )
blacksoldier fly lavae
etc
and ship direct to your home or work .

Try Google to do a search , or your local yellowpages , or visit a local pet shop and note the brand printed on the label of the live feeder insects they are selling and then look the company up.
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EWSs : Fluffy rescued injured by lawnwacker14Nov17, Gutzy 27Sep19.
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Wriggles - injured rescued, boss lizard, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16. .
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