Insects A La Carte

Jun 5, 2013 by

Benefits of Insects as Treats Insects are the most common treat for pet hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are insectivores by nature, and a large portion of their diet in the wild consists of insects. Hedgehogs of the wild and the captive bred hedgehogs have different nutritional requirements and needs due to the differences in their activity levels. Wild hedgehogs are often able to adjust to what they eat according to their needs. Pet hedgehogs eat what we give them because it is the only thing available to them. It isn’t a good idea to feed a straight insect diet, because chances are that it will not meet all of the hedgehogs’ nutritional requirements. We suggest using feeding tongs or tweezers when feeding insects. Hedgehogs have poor eyesight and may nibble on your finger trying to get its treat. After it has eaten its treat your fingers will still smell like insects. Store Bought Versus Wild Caught We strongly encourage you to feed your hedgehogs with insects that are raised as feeders. When you feed your pet with insects you are also feeding your hedgehog with whatever the insects have eaten. Wild caught bugs can carry parasites, toxins, and bacteria. Even if you do not use pesticides or herbicides, your neighbors or nearby farmers might use them. The toxins in the insects can build up in your hedgehog over a period of time. Parasites are found in...

Insect Nutritional Analysis Comparison...

May 25, 2013 by

The table below demonstrates that the nutritional content of insects varies not only between species of insects, but also between canned, live, and freeze dried versions as well as between vendors. When studying the protein and fat content of the insects, it is important to note the moisture content. The higher the moisture contents the lower the percentage of protein and fat. Food Item Protein % Fat % Fiber % Moisture % Crickets FFD 50.67 14.47 7.65 11.37 Crickets GCF 17.53 4.79 1.40 76.31 Crickets GRU 21.32 6.01 3.20 69.07 Crickets ZMC 20.00 5.00 1.00 75.00 Fly Larvae GRU 15.58 7.81 3.46 68.18 Grasshopper ETC 18.30 2.60 4.60 72.00 Grasshopper ZMC 20.80 2.20 4.40 71.20 Mealworm FFD 46.64 25.28 6.74 9.56 Mealworm Larvae (Worms) GCF 19.70 9.78 2.60 66.07 Mealworm Larvae (Worms) GRU 20.27 12.27 1.73 62.44 Mealworms ENFD 46.64 25.28 6.74 9.56 Mealworms ETC 17.00 5.00 1.00 70.00 Mealworms ZMC 17.00 5.00 1.00 70.00 ReptiWorms 15.71 8.09 69.46 Snails (De-shelled) ZMC 15.40 17.00 6.30 64.20 Silkworms ETC 15.00 5.60 2.30 75.90 Snails (Shelled) ETC 18.80 0.60 3.20 76.00 Superworms GCF 22.28 17.10 2.10 59.67 Superworms GRU 17.41 17.89 6.80 59.37 Waxworms ENFD 18.80 0.60 3.20 76.00 Waxworms GRU 15.50 22.19 7.69 61.73   ENFD – Exotic Nutrition’s Freeze Dried ETC – Exo Terra Canned FFD – Fluker’s Freeze Dried GCF – Gahnn’s Cricket Farm GRU – Grubco ZMC – Zoo Med’s Canned Please...

Insect Variety Comparison

May 25, 2013 by

Crickets Crickets can be purchased live from pet stores or online from insect suppliers. Live crickets should be “gut loaded.” The food the cricket has eaten (in its gut) is also beneficial to your hedgehog. Gut loaded crickets have more vitamins, minerals, calcium, and nutrition than a cricket that hasn’t been fed properly. Live crickets can be pre-killed or stunned by placing them in the freezer for hedgehogs that have not had the experience of hunting crickets or who are not adept at hunting crickets. Crickets left in the freezer for only a short amount of time will revive, so if you are intending to kill them they should be left in the freezer overnight. Crickets should be maintained in a large aquarium with a screen or mesh lid or other specialized container. Cardboard egg crates provide hiding places and keep the crickets from trampling each other. They should be fed a high-calcium cricket food and water should be provided via carrots, sweet potatoes, a moist sponge on a shallow dish, or specialized cricket gel. Freeze dried crickets are brittle and should be stored in plastic containers to prevent crumbling. Earthworms and Night Crawlers According to Becca at Daisy Meadows, “Night crawlers and earthworms are just about guaranteed to give your hedgehog foul smelly, liquidy poos, and cutting them into manageable portions is almost as icky as the poo that the hedgehog produces.” Earthworms...