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Old 12th November 2006   #1
daniel
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Ive read somewhere that you can use tadpoles for feeders. is this correct? if so i would cultivate them myself but im wondering if they would be able to be used as staple.

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Old 12th November 2006   #2
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From the standpoint of nutrition, tads would be an excellent staple, but this is likely to arouse some controversy on a forum like this one. It happens all the time in the wild, but some people will probably be disturbed that you would raise one amphibian in order to feed it to another.

When you say you will "cultivate them" yourself, what exactly do you mean? From frog eggs found outdoors? Or do you have pet frogs that breed and produce unwanted offspring? I ask because tads can transmit disease or parasites from outdoors



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Old 12th November 2006   #3
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i have a pair of common pond frogs in an indoor pond and get a lot of unwanted young.

the 2 i have kept are 3rd generation i have had so im pretty sure they are disease and parasite free.



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Old 12th November 2006   #4
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This doesn't mean that the tadpoles are parasite free as there are amphibian parasites like Rhabdias that have free living stages that can not only cause superinfections but infect multiple generations. You should get at least three fecals run on the adults as well as possibly having a couple of the tadpoles necropsied before using them as food source (you may also want to get them tested for chytrid).

If they are clean then they are probably a good food source.

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