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Pillbugs as snacks?

Post by renapopma on Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:46 pm

Just came across a reference to mice in the wild eating pillbugs. Is it a safe snack for tame mice?

I have a million of them in the yard. Thanks!

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Re: Pillbugs as snacks?

Post by candycorn on Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:26 pm

I would never feed wild insects to my mice. You never know what pesticides or other poison's the bugs crawled through. Maybe not in your yard...but in your neighbors.
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Re: Pillbugs as snacks?

Post by renapopma on Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:54 pm

Good point. Thanks!

What about the ones sold as reptile food tho?

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Post by thewesterngate on Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:26 pm

This is interesting. I raise pill bugs at times in my own terrariums, sometimes for turtle consumption and others just as vegetation clean-up. Obviously they'll never be exposed to anything harmful.
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Post by Laigaie on Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:32 pm

Farmed or home-raised, I can't imagine they'd be hurtful, though they're reported to taste awful. They are not poisonous or toxic on their own.
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Post by Mrs. Beach on Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:18 am

Mealworms are very easy to raise at home, and mice love 'em! This is the site that got me started:
http://www.sialis.org/raisingmealworms.htm
There are also numerous videos on YouTube. They don't take up much space at all, and hardly any care. They are the insect equivalent of weeds.
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Re: Pillbugs as snacks?

Post by renapopma on Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:43 pm

Awesome responses!! Thanks everybody.
I have an irrational ick factor with the meal
worms that I discovered years ago feeding
sugar gliders. I suppose tongs could be used...

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