The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

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


Risks with using maggots?

This is a discussion on Risks with using maggots? within the Flies/Fly Maggots forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; if i were to culture maggots from the common house fly would there be any risks with transferring disease, parasites ...

Flies/Fly Maggots For the discussion of flies (Dipterids) other than fruitflies.

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By louise

Reply

 

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 25th July 2008   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Nationality:
Posts: 34
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: FredLikesNewts has started on the right path
Default Risks with using maggots?

if i were to culture maggots from the common house fly would there be any risks with transferring disease, parasites or harmful thigns to my salamanders? Also if i were to get maggots would they be eaten by two lined (e. Bislineata) larvae or any other aquatic newts/salamanders?



FredLikesNewts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th July 2008   #2 (permalink)
Site Contributor
 
onetwentysix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 33
Posts: 186
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11onetwentysix goes to 11
Default Re: Risks with using maggots?

There are some risks with using house flies. I know there are significant risks regarding disease transmission to humans; whether or not this is the case with amphibians, I don't know; I'd imagine they would be susceptible. The maggots would be a good food item, but unless you can control the breeding conditions of the flies there remains potential for disease.

You could try culturing the maggots in containers that prevent flies from entering and leaving, to minimize the risks, but it seems like a lot of risk for minimal reward.



onetwentysix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th July 2008   #3 (permalink)
Caudata.org Donor
 
taherman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 362
Gallery Images: 1
Comments: 1
Rep: taherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgtaherman is considered an Authority at Caudata.org
Default Re: Risks with using maggots?

I do have an amusing anecdote involving a Demognathus welteri vomiting up dozens of maggots in my now fiancee's hand (knew she was a keeper when she laughed about that!). The salamanders in that stream were clearly exploiting the abundance of a nearby VERY rancid deer carcass.

I've also fed maggots extensively to Eurycea of various species for a few years with no adverse effects. However these were purchased from Grubco. From what they come packed in it seems that Grubco uses ground up fish bones/meal as a food source.




Last edited by taherman; 26th July 2008 at 02:35. Reason: typo
taherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th July 2008   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Nationality:
Posts: 34
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: FredLikesNewts has started on the right path
Default Re: Risks with using maggots?

Ok i think i may take a shot at culturing maggots but only if i cannot find a suitable food source.

would fruit fly culturing methods work for house flies?



FredLikesNewts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th July 2008   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 49
Posts: 277
Gallery Images: 1
Comments: 4
Rep: louise is a mainstay of Caudata.orglouise is a mainstay of Caudata.orglouise is a mainstay of Caudata.orglouise is a mainstay of Caudata.orglouise is a mainstay of Caudata.orglouise is a mainstay of Caudata.org
Default Re: Risks with using maggots?

You can buy tubs of maggots from fish bait shops. Ask for the undyed ones.



louise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th July 2008   #6 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Nationality:
Posts: 34
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: FredLikesNewts has started on the right path
Default Re: Risks with using maggots?

Thats good to know, although im not sure i know of any bait shops around where i live, but i think ill search for some now.



FredLikesNewts is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
maggots, maggots?, risks

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? Heather at HMSG Axolotl General Discussion 7 24th February 2009 21:42
Maggots dave Axolotl General Discussion 3 13th February 2007 02:31
Maggots?? alex Axolotl General Discussion 22 7th November 2005 21:37
The downside to maggots david General Discussion & News from Members 2 6th December 2003 02:08
Maggots martin Newt and Salamander Help 7 9th December 2002 22:31


All times are GMT. The time now is 00:40.