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post #31 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-18-2011, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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Although Erinaceids are omnivorous, they are mainly insectivorous, so higher protein, very low fat, as well as some fruits, etc (try to be as locality-specific as possible). Earthworms and grubs are an excellent choice for the former part of the diet.
Is it okay to dig up worms? I keep hearing that we are not supposed to go out and catch bugs and worms from the wild because there are pesticides and whatnot that could harm her.

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Is it okay to dig up worms? I keep hearing that we are not supposed to go out and catch bugs and worms from the wild because there are pesticides and whatnot that could harm her.
Yes and no....it really depends on where you are harvesting. For years, I harvested earthworms for my fish and reptiles, but it was from land that I knew to be pesticide-free for decades.

That being said, you can start a vermicomposter....a great way to compost and rear your own, safe worms year-round.

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Yes and no....it really depends on where you are harvesting. For years, I harvested earthworms for my fish and reptiles, but it was from land that I knew to be pesticide-free for decades.

That being said, you can start a vermicomposter....a great way to compost and rear your own, safe worms year-round.
Hmm interesting idea. I'm in chicago so I doubt any land around here is safe. But this vermicomposter thing .. I'll have to look that one up and see if I could do it!

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