The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store


Snails and newts, pt II, as a food source...

This is a discussion on Snails and newts, pt II, as a food source... within the General Discussion & News from Members forums, part of the General Topics category; Anyone have experience using small aquarium snails as a food source for newts. My tropical tank runneth over with then ...

General Discussion & News from Members Post won't fit elsewhere? Post here! This is also the ideal place for your own news, information on books, amphibians in the media, and off-topic posts.

Reply

 

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 24th September 2003   #1 (permalink)
brian
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Gallery Images:
Comments:
Default

Anyone have experience using small aquarium snails as a food source for newts. My tropical tank runneth over with then and I'm wondering if some of the smallest "bite-sized" snails might be a potential food source. Can small shells be digested without causing some type of blockage? I've used slugs with some success, but the shells have me nervous...



  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2003   #2 (permalink)
nate
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Gallery Images:
Comments:
Default

Hi Brian, I've never used snails for feeding, but I've caught several T. granulosa and neotenic Dicamptodon which were full of them. You could feel the shells through the body when holding them. They passed all of the shells (as far as I could tell) whole within a couple weeks.



  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2003   #3 (permalink)
rancidevilpingu
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Gallery Images:
Comments:
Default

woodlice are good food, and earthworms. dont like the sound of givng newts snails.



  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2003   #4 (permalink)
ralf
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Gallery Images:
Comments:
Default

Hi Brian,
my P. waltl frequently "shake" the bigger snails out their shell if and when they can get a hold of the softer parts. They will just eat the snail's soft parts and leave the shell. Lead to a severe deficit of snails in my P. waltl tanks (I like to have them in all of my aquatic setups) and took me quite some time to find out where that clicking/rattling noise came from down in my basement. Click the image to open in full size.

Ralf



  Reply With Quote
Old 25th September 2003   #5 (permalink)
rob
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Gallery Images:
Comments:
Default

I had a similar time. My P. Waltl would suck them out of their shell as soon as they were large enough to be a meal.

I think snails would make a good food source for salamanders, provided they are small enough or you deshell them. I've been trying to find a good terrestrial snail to feed to the ambystoma that I'm going to be working with.



  Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
food, newts, snails, source


(View-All Members who have read this thread since 6th June 2017, 10:00 (Set) (Clear)

There are no names to display.
LinkBack
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Maggots as a food source spendday Waxworms, Mealworms, Maggots, etc 11 18th July 2009 18:18
Land Planaria as Food Source? sgbeadore Axolotl General Discussion 3 8th June 2009 09:32
Food Source sean n dad Live Food General Discussion 0 27th May 2008 06:32
Opposum shrimps as a food source terry Scuds, Freshwater Shrimp, Slaters, Woodlice, etc 4 19th September 2005 07:48
Frogs as a food source? amy Axolotl General Discussion 7 19th January 2005 08:10


All times are GMT. The time now is 22:34.