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    V. Salvator Diet

    I understand this debate has gone on as long as people have been keeping reptiles as to whats the best diet. But after some research for preparing for salvator I came across a website that said pinkies are actually healthy for reptiles? any input? Also is there a big difference in feeding rats vs mice if so how significant?

    second is roaches are becoming a phenomenon for feeding reptiles because they are almost twice as good as crickets plus they cant climb or smell and get bigger. Does anyone feed frozen roaches in the US? And if so where do you purchase? Any downsides to frozen over live? I dont see any personally

    right now I plan on 5 to 8 roaches a day plus 2 mice n 1 chick. Alternating fish every third day instead of a chick and just roaches on sundays.






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    Re: V. Salvator Diet

    Here are the facts. Pinkies are not a good option. They are basically all water because they haven't had time to develop a skeleton yet. Hoppers or weaned mice / rats are a much better option nutritionally.

    Roaches (Specifically Dubia) are one of the best staples out there at this point in time. Most roaches can climb but these are one of the few that can't. RodentPro started offering frozen roaches around the start of the year. I think that they only offer Turkistans though which are much smaller than Dubia grow. There is supposedly a slight loss in nutrients from freezing that gets progressively larger over time so you should only stock what you will use in 6 months time at max. That's just what I had been told when I had this same question.
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    Re: V. Salvator Diet

    Ok thanks I appreciate the info. Im not sure still whether im going to feed frozen or live roaches. I cannot find them locallybso id have to order and keeping a bunch of live roaches around for 3 to 6 mth periods kinda worries me. I honestly just hope to do away with insects because of the size salvators reach

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    Re: V. Salvator Diet

    Quote Originally Posted by Havik2146 View Post
    right now I plan on 5 to 8 roaches a day plus 2 mice n 1 chick. Alternating fish every third day instead of a chick and just roaches on sundays.
    Hi, instead on rationing the food (counting the items), it`s best to just feed as much as the monitor will eat each day (hatchlings to sub adults), as their metabolism is at it`s highest.
    My Asian Water monitor wouldn`t accept insects of any kind from day one, though I tried innumerable times over quite a long period.
    I`ve never tried offering dead insects to any of my monitors, but that`s not to say you can`t.
    You will do well to base the diet on rodents and fish (fresh or saltwater), then offer other prey as "fillers". I also feed fertilised quail eggs, shrimp/prawns, chicks, etc.
    I only offer f/t or f/k as far as the rodents go, though you can offer live fish (placed in the water container). I usually feed f/t or f/k (the latter only rarely these days because of his size and the easy availability of f/t)!

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    Re: V. Salvator Diet

    Ok so theres a chance I wont even have to feed insects at all? So your saying that I can just feed mice chicks and fish daily? Silversides are a good type? What does your local grocery store have? Or where do you get your shrimp and fish from? What kinds of live fish do you feed?

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    Re: V. Salvator Diet

    Quote Originally Posted by Havik2146 View Post
    Ok so theres a chance I wont even have to feed insects at all? So your saying that I can just feed mice chicks and fish daily? Silversides are a good type? What does your local grocery store have? Or where do you get your shrimp and fish from? What kinds of live fish do you feed?
    Hi again, you should offer the insects, especially to a hatchling/juvenile, maybe your monitor will take them, but so long as you only feed whole prey it really doesn`t matter if he/she never gets an insect.
    Yes, you can feed mice/rats, chicks, fish daily (not necessarily large ones, of course)!
    I get my fish (usually trout) and other seafoods from the fish stall in the market. I buy the fertilised quail eggs on Ebay (I`m not sure if they do that in America, I`m living in the U.K at present)?

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    Re: V. Salvator Diet

    Ok thanks I appreciate the great info. Ill have to see what my local stores carry

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