View Full Version : Rhacodactylus Chahoua in action!

04-10-2007, 11:10 PM
the pictures speak for themselves...

The action shot!!! haha look at her go :twisted:

Here she really gets ahold of it :D

And the close up for you all

Now it's all gone :D ( the camera was in my friends hand and the worm was gone before she could get another shot ,haha! )

~^ Silabiss ^~

04-11-2007, 07:34 PM
what is that crazy worm and those are some cool shots I really want to get a chahoua

04-11-2007, 08:09 PM
I think that is a hornworm.

And that is a very nice chahoua make's me want some too.

04-11-2007, 08:22 PM
Yea it's a Horn worm. I currently am breeding them and raising them as feeders. Great thing is they start very small and get up to 10g monsters! Literally any insect eater will have a size of worm that is perfect for it.

04-11-2007, 08:31 PM
Do you use a tomato plant for egg laying.

04-11-2007, 08:59 PM
Any plant in the solanace family would work. Tabacco, tomato, peppers, etc... I have been told that nothing is needed to get females to lay eggs, and they will lay them regardless if they are fertile or not. Infact the last two batches of eggs i got were from a lone female who was not with a male. I wanted to see how long they take to go bad, after a week they were still looking good and i just tossed them out.

04-11-2007, 10:22 PM
Very Cool, nice sequence of shots :)

04-15-2007, 10:16 PM
I have heard that feeding reptiles on hornworms that have been feeding on tomato or tobacco (especially) plants, will be toxic to the reptile.

The majority of hornworm breeders out there use a lab diet I believe......

Nicole Chaney

04-15-2007, 11:25 PM
^ correct.

Any worm that would be taken out of the wild would be toxic and potentially dangerous to your animal. Not only do these worms process compunds in the plants, but there is the risk of pestisides, fertilizers, CO2 fumes from lawn mowers and cars, parasites, infected worms could carry disease, etc...

The diet I work with now is the best possible diet for these worms, a professor has given me the diet he works with ( he does research and has cultivated Manduca for 30 years now) and I hope to possibly fine tune it to produce even better worms for our animals. The worms speak for themselves, they are just amazing to feed to animals. The nutrition, and way the animals react to them, it's just incredible. I could write pages on what I see and how it benifits these animals... I sold all but one cup yesterday at the columbus show, and since I personally breed them I am able to do custom orders of larger or smaller worms, different numbers and sizes, etc. Plus they are just cool to play with and watch, let alone see animals rip them apart :twisted:
~^ Silabiss ^~