My Bufo Alvarius(s)!
Posted 25 October 2008 - 10:25 PM
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:01 AM
I feed my toad outside of his cage to prevent ingestion of bedding. I switched to a coir/sand mix a few months back and could probably feed him in his cage now, but its habit and easier to keep track of how much hes eaten feeding in an empty container.
If it takes them a while to acclimate dont worry, they can go a substantial period of time without food.
I find mine loves to have a pool large enough to submerge himself in. i found plastic kitty litter trays to be of adequate size ;) he spends all day in the water most the time.
Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:03 AM
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I would still buy a pair though. I used to have two and they did well together. I will replace the one that died :( rip, even tho i dont plan on ever smoking the venom again.
Posted 26 October 2008 - 08:04 AM
When she was smaller, Cm used to break the legs of the crickets so she could get them easier. Now we just put them in. Be sure to put some carboard, or part of an egg carton in there ( the paper kind) so the crickets will have something to chew on. Otherwise they may pick at the toads. The weather is changing here so we use a heat lamp when it starts getting cooler.
Also, it's my belief that they have an internal clock. In the wild they hibernate during the winter months. Last winter ours did not. But her appetite really slowed down and we saw her less. IF you are going to try and let them hibernate, don't feed them any big meals that they won't be able to digest. The food will rot in their stomach and they can die. :(
Also i'll suggest getting a calcium and vitamin supplement. Bufo's have been known to have calcium dificencies in captivity. You can sprinkle it on the crickets while they are in the bag. Kinda like shake n bake. :D If you aren't opposed to feeding pinkies, the live are much easier. If you get the frozen you will have to find a way to make it "move". We use a clothes hanger.
Be careful feeding mealworms. I have read that they can chew on the toad's stomach lining. It's best to pinch the heads off. ewwwwww
Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:09 PM
ive been thinking about getting some myself. couple of ?'s did you get the male female breeding pair? how big are they? could you post some pics? id really like to see them. and how were they shipped was it marked w/ species info or live specimen? pics would be AWESOME!
And yea I got male and female, but I am learning that a breeding environment is extremely difficult to imitate. So who knows if I'll ever pull it off. And I got two that were pretty large- about 4 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. So they aren't babies. and the box was just marked fragile. What's funny is that I've been expecting a salvia plant, and BBB said they ship Bufo at the beginning of the week and I ordered on a wednesday night, so when I got a package on a friday I was expecting to be doing a plant transplant. Well I opened up the package and saw a bag made out of t-shirt material with tape on two ends, I was like hmmm strange they packaged a plant like this. Well when I picked up the bag I felt what seemed to be a balloon ( I wasn't rough, I handle plants like children :-D), it was the male and he made some upset noises, I was like Oh Damn! the Toads!
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 11:04 AM
Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:01 PM
They can be big eaters. But if they are grazing on the crickets that are in there, they aren't going to be as voracious. They will also have to get used to your feeding techniques. I know ours did. If you aren't against it, try getting a live pinkie or two and see what they do with that. For our toad, it doesn't take her long to notice it and it's gone quickly after. Our cage has a platform in it and that is where we feed her. When she's hungry, that's where she sits too.
Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:49 PM
Other times, she is out for weeks at a time....I cant figure it out..
I do know Merm is right, when she wants to eat, she knows where
Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:11 PM
I captured 9 toads. Brought them to a location in Texas, milked 2 and released the rest.
Went there 4 months ago, and there are now hundreds if not more.
I will never milk again. I will never hurt another toad. I only hope that the toads forgive me and appreciate their new home next to a lake on 75 acres of land.
Not worth it IMO.
Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:20 PM
If you do your homework it wont hurt the toad. I dont milk mine as
I dont feel the desire but to each is own. No harm is done if you
do some research and go easy til you get the hang of it. Dont plan
to get a shot glass full.
Hurting the toads by milking is stopped by education.