Small Carnivore Food

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SMALL CARNIVORE FOOD

Carnivorous and omnivorous animals need to catch live food. Feeding live food is not only important nutritionally it also helps maintain a healthy attitude in captive animals. If insects are offered as live food ensure they represent the insect stage eaten by the animal in the wild. There are considerable differences in composition between mature and immature or larval stages of insects. Animals that prey on mature insects such as moths, beetles and crickets should not be fed large numbers of larval stage insects. Captive animals are commonly fed meal worms and fly pupae which are larval stage insects. These can be poor food substitutes for many animals because of their high fat content. Fat contains twice as much energy as other nutrients and increased quantities in the diet can significantly dilute the intake of essential nutrients.

We have maintained the kowari, fat-tailed dunnart and yellow-footed antechinus exclusively on this food for many months however we recommend that the food represent at most 80% of the total diet. The balance can consist of crickets, moths, grasshoppers and a few meal worms.

The food is successfully used as a maintenance diet for all Quolls while supplementing with day old mice and insects.

Common Bent-wing and Lesser Long-eared Bats have been successfully kept using this food as a maintenance diet while supplementing them with moths, beetles and a few fly pupae.

Include up to 20% of this food in the diet of gliders, pygmy possums, rodents and bandicoots.

Mix this food with about 10% crushed termite mound and some termites to feed to the Echidna and Numbat.

DIRECTIONS

Mix about 70g of Small Carnivore Food with about 30ml of warm water. Add the water slowly to the powder while mixing to produce a moist, crumbly food. Do not make into a paste.

FEED ESTIMATES

Feed estimates have been calculated for marsupial and eutherian animals assuming the following.

1.    Animals are kept in a thermo-neutral environment.
 
2.    Prepared Small Carnivore Food is the only source of food.
 
3.    Food utilisation is 75% efficient.
 
4.    Maintenance Energy Requirement = 2 x Standard Metabolic Rate.

For a marsupial of body weight W (kg) feed 60W-0.737.g-1.day-1

For a eutherian of body weight W (kg) feed 87W-0.750.g-1.day-1

 

  Animal
Weight
g
Marsupial
Prepared
 Food
g/day
 Eutherian
Prepared
 Food
g/day
  Animal
Weight
g
Marsupial
Prepared
 Food
g/day
Eutherian
Prepared
 Food
g/day
5 1.2 1.6   80 9.3 13.1
10 2.0 2.8   90 10.2 14.3
15 2.7 3.7   100 11.0 15.5
20 3.4 4.6   120 12.6 17.7
25 4.0 5.5   140 14.1 20.0
30 4.5 6.3   160 15.5 22.0
35 5.0 7.0   180 17.0 24.0
40 5.6 7.8   200 18.3 26.0
50 6.6 9.2   250 21.5 30.5
60 7.5 10.6   300 25.0 35.5
70 8.5 11.8   350 27.5 39.5

Wombaroo Small Carnivore Food is available in the following pack sizes.

250g, 1kg and 5kg packs

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