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This is a discussion on Caterpillars/worms within the Live Food General Discussion forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; Can I feed my Pleurodeles Waltl grubs/caterpillars and crawlers from my garden? If so can I freeze them for the ...

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Old 12th August 2015   #1 (permalink)
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Can I feed my Pleurodeles Waltl grubs/caterpillars and crawlers from my garden? If so can I freeze them for the winter months?



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Grubs and worms would probably be okay. Caterpillars can hurt the newt and possibly even poison it. It would be best to not feed caterpillars.



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I use caterpillars a great deal as they are soft bodied and packed with high energy nutrients. However, I would do not feed any caterpillars which are hairy or brightly coloured as these are sure signs of potential toxicity. Some smooth, camouflaged caterpillars are able to exude an unpalatable liquid from their mouth and I'd not use these either. You can determine which ones do this simply by squeezing them slightly with forceps.



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