Variety foir N. strauchii

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I am looking for some additional frozen foods to offer my strauchii. I have bloodworms and earthworms, but has anyone had success with other foods? Does anyone have a good (cheap) source for blackworms?
 

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Other than bloodworms, I haven't found any frozen foods that work well for newts. Either the bits are too small (like frozen daphnia), or too slimy/disintegrated (like frozen glassworms). Chopped frozen beef heart is OK, but wouldn't improve their diet. If you are using earthworms and bloodworms, it's hard to find anything that would improve on that diet.
 

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Whilst not frozen, pellets can also be a convenient non-live food and in my experience strauchii will normally accept them although it may take patience and encouragement. Mine will wolf down softened reptomin sticks but turn their nose up at other pellets formulated especially for amphibians. If you can get them to accept a quality soft sinking pellet formulated for carnivorous fish it would be a good addition to the bloodworm/earthworm feed cycle.
 

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My crocatus, which I believe are very similar, really like daphnia, (frozen) artemia, enchytraeids (sp?), and on occasion bloodworms.
 
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