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Old 10th May 2018   #1
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Default Tubifex worms for Land Sallies?

Hi Folks,
i came across this URL below when checking on food items
https://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/foods2.shtml
Food Protein Fat Calcium Phosphorous Ca:Phos Ratio
Earthworms 62.2 17.7 1.72 0.90 1.91
Tubifex worms 46.1 15.1 0.19 0.73 0.26
Crickets, adult 64.9 13.8 0.14 0.99 0.14
Mealworms 52.7 32.8 0.11 0.77 0.14

Currently i am mostly feeding my sallies on chopped earthworms or small crickets but sometimes i run out of them. Recently i tried Tubifex worms surprising my Land sallies do eat them in a small feeding dish. looking at the table above Tubifex worms seems better than crickets or mealworms. i tried to avoid mealworms as they may bite.
may i know if tubifex worms are ok as a temporary food items for 1-2 weeks?
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Hi ntny,

I've little experience with tubifex worms, and only for aquatic animals.
It's good news your land sallies accept them (are the tubifex alive ?).

Tubifex as temporary food may be a good choice but tubifex worms often live in polluted places and can carry dangerous bacteria, so I'm reluctant to use them.

I didn't find woodlice in the list published in the article. Woodlice are often well accepted by land sallies (and enven by aquatic sallies !).



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Hi JM29
Thanks for advice
Yes the Tubifex worms are alive.
i put them in a small feeding dish with no water only a little damp.
i normally washed them with dechlorinated water every time before i feed them to my sallies to prevent pollution from dead worms...
i still prefer Earthworms as 1st choice.
Tubifex worms maybe now is my 2nd choice
i didn't like crickets or mealworms too much
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Hi ntny,

I've little experience with tubifex worms, and only for aquatic animals.
It's good news your land sallies accept them (are the tubifex alive ?).

Tubifex as temporary food may be a good choice but tubifex worms often live in polluted places and can carry dangerous bacteria, so I'm reluctant to use them.

I didn't find woodlice in the list published in the article. Woodlice are often well accepted by land sallies (and enven by aquatic sallies !).



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