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This is a discussion on Axolotl food within the Axolotl General Discussion forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; anybody ever feed their axolotls hissing cockroaches. looking for food i can raise on my on, already raise night crawlers...

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Old 23rd April 2007   #1 (permalink)
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anybody ever feed their axolotls hissing cockroaches. looking for food i can raise on my on, already raise night crawlers
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Old 23rd April 2007   #2 (permalink)
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Hissing cockroaches are pretty big to be considered food. They've also got a tough exoskeleton.
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Old 24th April 2007   #3 (permalink)
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I suppose you could use smaller cockroaches, there are several species you can breed. But to feed them to the axolotls, you'd have to use handfeeding, or tongs, as I think the roaches would float.
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lot of people feed their axolotls crickets and their flaot. i dont feed my axolotls in aquarium, in a square rubber maid pail with just enough water to cover them. as long as the food moves my axolotls will take it
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Old 25th April 2007   #5 (permalink)
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the tough exoskeleton could be a problem, however if you feed them just after it has moulted, then it should be no problem.
but dont feed as a staple, because i imagine they are quite fatty(we dont have them over here)
i feed my axies freshly moulted mealworms every now and them, as a treat and they love it
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Old 26th April 2007   #6 (permalink)
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Don't forget to crush mealworm jaws then, as they can do some serious damage.

Waxworms are tastier, less chitin, and less dangerous if that happens.
They tend to have quite a lot of fat in, so limit the amount you feed.

If you're in the UK, see www.spyyk.blogspot.com for my email, I'll put you in touch with a good UK supplier of livefoods.
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amber....love spyyks blog
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never herd of a hissing cokoroach befor. I use woodies as an occasional treat
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Hissing cockroaches (or madagascar cockroaches) are very large, but VERY cool animals. They have a life span of a couple of years, and make cool pets in their own right.

Roaches like Lobster Roaches are easy to breed, and stay small. I have a friend who has a large colony and feeds them to his reptiles. But I've never tried anything more crunchy than crickets with my amphibs.
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Experimenting with different foods is fine. Don't make drastic diet changes all at once. The axolotls gut gets used to digesting what it is eating. A big change even with good food can cause problems. i have no scientific data to back this but it is a "gut" feeling I get from practical husbandry experience.
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Thank you Shelly Click the image to open in full size.

When I'm trying to get a poorly fed axolotl to eat better, I slowly introduce the new food mixed in with what it's used to.

And Michael - Humans have the same problem too - if they are on a highly restricted diet, it gets to a point where the system rejects anything new. So yes, this can apply to animals.
As mentioned above, it is possible to break out of this - slowly is the watch-word.
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