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    lol amusing. Am I the only one who read Timmy's statement in context? His statement simply came across to me as you don't need to feed a VFT bugs just like you wouldn't for an orchid. He could have said oak tree, or tomato and it would've had the same meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyCspider View Post
    lol amusing. Am I the only one who read Timmy's statement in context? His statement simply came across to me as you don't need to feed a VFT bugs just like you wouldn't for an orchid. He could have said oak tree, or tomato and it would've had the same meaning.
    This is what I thought.

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    From what I've read handfeeding VFTs is fine and won't "bother" them at all, and will promote more vigorous growth, provided it's done in moderation. For me it's one of the fun things about owning them.

    Of course they will hunt on their own, which is also cool to observe. My question was are the afore mentioned insects OK to feed and which do you guys prefer....

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    In my experience, anything live that is small enough to fit is good prey, although I would choose smaller pill bugs since they tend to push their way out or bulge out from the inside due to their shape. Hard exoskeleton too.

    If I had a choice, though, it would be flies--houseflies, green and blue bottles, etc...for obvious reasons. Ants, lacewings, and spiders are good menu items as well. Earthworms leave no traces as they lack a skeleton. I used to have a small roach infestation and would feed mine baby roaches I found in my apartment.

    Or you can be like Barry Rice and feed them dead pieces of your toe skin.

    Good lighting, water, soil, humidity, etc >>>> feeding.

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    Thanks, Spy

    Winged insects would be my preferred prey also. Hard to catch flies though.

    I think I'll stick to whatever I can find in the yard or around the house. No sense in spending money on bugs from the store with my current collection.

    They seem to like the earthworms I have in the fridge from fishing cut into chunks. Might as well use up some of those. Like you said they should be 100% digestible and they're pure protein and no fat. I've made a lot of horned and pixie froglets very big very fast with crawlers and leafworms as their primary food.

    I've seen the toe skin thing online. Pretty damn disgusting, LOL. But hey- it's for scientific purposes...

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    When I feed my neps a couple earthworms, they kill off the top half of the pitcher a little sooner so they must be seriously nutritious for the plants methinks, when I fed crickets, it never did that. So I restrict it to one worm instead of two every couple weeks and I do fine.

    Real men feed their plants flaming hot cheetoes though. I had an odd craving for them in class today...
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