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    Is It Safe...?

    Instead of wasting my time and my weekly allowance (im 13 by the way) on store-bought bugs for my Grey tree frog. Would it be safe for my just to feed it lightning bugs, moths, crickets, and flies all caught in my backyard??? I just put 3 or 4 flies and a lightning bug in it's container. Should i take them out or will I be safe?






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    Re: Is It Safe...?

    I don't know. i mean if you can guarantee that no pesticides or anything has touched those bugs it could be okay. But the risk of the pet ingesting pesticides is high, and that could make them really sick and potentially kill them. Although my vet said the my water dragon can eat caught bugs if you catch them in a non-sprayed field or something.

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    Re: Is It Safe...?

    Fireflys are toxic to lizards, but i'm not sure about frogs, I wouldn't take the chance!
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    Re: Is It Safe...?

    Unfortunately you can't BE sure that they didn't come in contact with any pesticides - all it takes is one neighbor using outdoor bug spray for a party...

    Is starting a colony of crickets or other insects a possibility for you? Would your parents allow it? Check out the Feeders section there are some good instructions for starting your own colonies. I fed my Grey's mealworms for a long time - cheaper than crickets and last longer too. Might want to look into them
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    Ok. Thank you all But i think i'll be safe with flies and moths and such. The frog is the only one i decided to make into a pet out of a batch of tadpoles i found in my dogs kitty-pool. Since it's wildborn i'll stick with wild-caught bugs. But i'll steer clear of the fireflies. Thanks guys!

    And i will tomorrow when im not falling over tired. Thanks

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    Re: Is It Safe...?

    Im also 13 and i fed one of my frogs wildcaught crickets and grasshoppers and he did perfectly fine. He was a leopard frog i caught outside so he was probably used to eating them before i found him.

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    Re: Is It Safe...?

    Instead of wasting my time and my weekly allowance (I'm 13 by the way) on store-bought bugs
    If you consider buying appropriate food for your frog a "waste of time and money", you really need to reconsider keeping a living animal!
    Is the life and well being of that animal worthless to you?

    There are many issues that can arise from feeding bugs from outside. Everything from chemical contamination, to trying to feed it an insect that is just naturally toxic,... one of which is fireflies!
    Since you took it upon yourself to take an animal out of the wild and put it in confinement it is your responsibity to provide adequate care for it. If it means that you have to give up buying some soda pop or the latest CD or video game. so be it.
    If that choice seems to be not to your liking you need to turn the frog loose.
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