How do you breed "feeder frogs?"...I live in Florida and they won't ship me roaches...I live on an island in the country in S.W.Fl, and, would you believe, I haven't been able to find one roach around here...And they would be safe as I have no neighbors that spray...I'm really interested in another food source besides crickets and mealiesLike i said, i breed feeder frogs. They normally max out at 4" from snout to vent. I normally feed them off around 3". My Ts are all adults anyways and could easily tackle prey this size. Unlike mice, they don't put up a fight.
My hedgehogs are wild. Here they normally scuttle around trash bins and backyards. Asian deserts are harsh so they literally eat live animals here. I even saw 2 hedgehogs eating a kitten one time.
Yeah, crickets are a pain! I use redrunners. I think they are the best choice because they are a mor fulfilling meal for your T, plus they produce a much better feeding response than crickets or dubias. Also, they can't hurt your T like a cricket can, so if one gets lost inside your T's enclosure, there is no worry that it can hurt your T during molting (although I suggest removing it if your T is in premolt and you see the roach emerge from hiding.) Just be super-careful not to let any escape... They will infest your home, or so I have been warned. From what I understand, there are certain states that won't let you have them shipped to. So there is definitely a real concern about keeping them. As long as you are careful you should be fine. They breed quickly and will cannibalize if you don't keep up with their feeding, so if your colony starts to get too big, just lay off the feeding for awhile and nature will take care of itself. Also, they cannot climb smooth surfaces, which is good to know.After all my research and experience with crickets I general, I can't stand them. They jump, they escape, they're loud... Lol. I really want to do roaches for the simple fact that I can pluck one up with some tweezers and not worry about it jumping at me... But everyone in my home is still nervous about my little Ellie in general so roaches are a no go.
Until a cricket escapes and is singing in their room all night.
Freezing actually works great. You can store them lots longer and still feed your spiders without the stink and die off. I've found that my mature spiders will still scavenge too...not just my slings.I mostly use super worms/roaches. If I use crickets I freeze the stinky things. They last longer that way.