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Are Red Wigglers Toxic To Turtles

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Maria Garcia
• Sunday, 20 December, 2020
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When I cut mine in half they create a yellow ooze and I heard that was toxic, but I’m not too sure. I believe most Walmart's have them in the fishing area of sporting goods.

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I remember one of the mods saying they are taken readily when raised in a different bedding/soil than what you generally buy them in. My box turtles ate them and loved them as hatchlings.

Because they smell so strong I always put them into my leaf litter pile for a week or so to clean them out. The Eugenia Fetid also known as the red wiggler has been known to be toxic to certain snakes, however the results from the test didn’t factor in the diet for these composters.

Fact is the bait store red wigglers are often raised in manure. My turtles would not touch them straight out of the can but after a month in my own compost bed they eat them just fine.

I prefer to use the cousin Eugenia Forensic European Nightcrawler...they are bigger and are quite squirmy. I just tried red wrigglers with some 2017 Wood Turtles today.

I read somewhere that the wrigglers are coated with a slightly toxic bad-tasting slime which diminishes their appeal. I grew some in good stuff before feeding them to my bodies.

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These days I have a small reptile family of two turtles and a snake. When it comes to live food, my guys eat lots of brown snails (collected from my own clean yard) and the occasional earthworm that I find in the yard or garden.

They both love to live foods, especially my Ornate box- as is typical of his species. It is hard to find earthworms for purchase around here that are reasonably priced, and I confess I worry about the cleanliness of them.

I was told by our lab manager (an excellent herpetoculturist and published biologist herself) that she did find documentation (seconded by our vet at the time, also published in reptile veterinary work) that Eugenia species (compost worms, red wigglers) can produce CoreLogic fluids toxic to snakes (and I’m sure other creatures). We actually raised our own for some time, but gave up on pursuing this since it was just too risky and there were safe worm food sources available.

I don’t really want to remember the dozens of baby snakes that literally puked themselves to death on just one meal of toxic worms. Even though we’d had many safe meals, not knowing what caused the one batch (same supplier, same packaged diet) to be so much more toxic, we didn’t want to risk it happening again.

This entry was posted in Worm Composting and tagged CoreLogic fluid, garter snakes, red wigglers on October 29, 2013, by Sandiacre. Usually people set up their own worm bin at home, so they can compost their food scraps and other leftovers.

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Higher moisture levels do tend to work better for worm composting, but this is definitely a good guideline to start with (especially when using a water-tight bin). I really like using newspaper to line the inside of my watertight bin which helps to hold excess moisture under control.

Worms seem to absolutely love rotting leaves, so definitely don’t be so quick to kick those bags to the curb in the fall. Aside from activating the important microbial community, this also allows for moisture to make its way throughout the bin materials.

For anyone interested in simply trying out vermicomposting (or if you want to save some money), I would recommend heading to your local hardware store and grabbing yourself a standard Rubbermaid tub (with lid) or something similar. All worm composting experience aside, the sheer size of this system makes it very worry free.

Even if there are unfavorable conditions in one section of the bin, the worms can easily move into many other favorable zones. Similarly, I tend to keep 1 or 2 small indoor bins at one time, plus an “overflow” bucket (for excess food waste), thus making it much easier to ensure that balanced conditions prevail. All that being said, there is nothing wrong with a single worm bin in the size range of a typical ‘blue box’ recycling container.

This size of bin should be large enough to provide both buffering capacity and waste-processing potential for a typical household (especially if you use an overflow bucket and/or an outdoor composting heap as well). If you are using a typical Rubbermaid type of bin it's not a bad idea to drill some holes in the lid and along the sides prior to adding your bedding/worms etc.

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The Canadian Nightcrawler is a soil-dwelling worm that is very popular for fishing due to its large size and the relative ease with which it can be collected (especially at night, during or after a heavy summer rain shower). This species of worm is adapted for a crowded life in very rich organic matter, such as that found in a manure pile (pretty well their ideal habitat).

Image : Oleg Erma / Think stock So, you’re looking for a new companion pet, and you’ve decided that a Testing could be the right fit for you. Whether turtle, tortoise or terrapin, a pet with four legs and a shell can make for a fine companion.

Turtles are fun to watch swim around in an aquarium, lazily walk their way across the terrain (e.g., your carpet), or even just chill out on a warm and comfortable rock. Your turtle certainly won’t grow to adulthood overnight, but it’s bound to occur faster than you would think.

In most turtle species, females will grow quite a bit larger than males, so this is also important to consider, she adds. Image : Nikita Minor / Think stock Turtles require both Ultraviolet A and B light to survive.

Coates says that UV-B light is especially important for turtles because it “plays a major role in the production of Vitamin D3, which is needed for the absorption and metabolism of calcium.” A lack of vitamin D can cause stunted shell growth, bone disorders, and generally shorten the life of your turtle. While sunlight will provide all the ultraviolet light a turtle needs in the wild, it’s not enough to simply have your enclosure near a sunlit window.

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Turtles aren’t likely to escape a well-managed enclosure, so if you can rig things up properly, you might not need a lid at all. And Coates adds, “depending on your turtle’s species, its diet, and your set-up, you may also need to provide a calcium and vitamin D supplement.

Most of the turtles for sale as pets require both aquatic and terrestrial environments within their tank, and special attention needs to be paid to water quality. According to Coates, many species of turtles that come from warmer latitudes will also need their water to be heated.

Image : Creative stock / Think stock Many pets, reptiles included, can carry Salmonella, a bacterial infection that is capable of being spread to humans. With appropriate treatment healthy adults tend to recover from infection with Salmonella bacteria relatively quickly.

According to Dr. Adam Danish, of Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania, thinking that a turtle should “look sick” for it to be a threat is a mistake. Small children handling turtles should be supervised to ensure they don’t place them near their eyes or mouths and that they wash their hands afterwards.

A dog or cat may view your new turtle with curiosity at first, but a simple exploratory scratch or bite can easily cause serious, and potentially lethal, harm. While a cat is probably more likely to have the skill to get up and into your turtle’s enclosure, never underestimate the brute force of an eager and leaping dog, no matter the size.

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Keep any enclosure back from the edges of shelves, tables, or bureaus, and secure cords going to and from lights, heaters, and filters to avoid both tripping and curious mouths. Image : sergeyryzhov / Think stock Like many other animals, turtles are opportunistic feeders and will often continue to eat as long as food is available.

Coates warns that obesity and hepatic lipids (fatty liver disease) are two conditions that are related to overfeeding pet turtles. Because most turtles are omnivorous, many will also enjoy small fish, shrimp, and insects as a special treat.

Any of these foods can be dusted with calcium powder to provide an extra boost of this vital nutrient. It’s always best to remove any uneaten food from a turtle’s enclosure to avoid a mess from cast-off and decaying matter, which can make the tank water get very nasty.

Image : ANSMUH / Think stock Any animal lover would recoil at the prospect of leaving a cat or dog to its own devices in the wild. Also, any manageable disease that a turtle might pick up in captivity can run rampant and unchecked if it’s released into the wild.

So, between the natural competition for food, the uncertainty of the weather, and disease, your pet will have little chance of survival, not to mention the damage it might cause to native animals. If you need to rehome a turtle, there are any number of internet groups and organizations that might be able to help find a suitable new family for it (see related links below).

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While your local pet store is unlikely to accept your turtle, they might be able to steer you in the right direction or allow you to post on their community boards. Whether turtle, tortoise or terrapin, a pet with four legs and a shell can make for a fine companion.

Turtles are fun to watch swim around in an aquarium, lazily walk their way across the terrain (e.g., your carpet), or even just chill out on a warm and comfortable rock. Your turtle certainly won’t grow to adulthood overnight, but it’s bound to occur faster than you would think.

In most turtle species, females will grow quite a bit larger than males, so this is also important to consider, she adds. A good guide is ten gallons of tank space for each inch of turtle, at a minimum.

Coates says that UV-B light is especially important for turtles because it “plays a major role in the production of Vitamin D3, which is needed for the absorption and metabolism of calcium.” A lack of vitamin D can cause stunted shell growth, bone disorders, and generally shorten the life of your turtle. While sunlight will provide all the ultraviolet light a turtle needs in the wild, it’s not enough to simply have your enclosure near a sunlit window.

Turtles aren’t likely to escape a well-managed enclosure, so if you can rig things up properly, you might not need a lid at all. And Coates adds, “depending on your turtle’s species, its diet, and your set-up, you may also need to provide a calcium and vitamin D supplement.

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Most of the turtles for sale as pets require both aquatic and terrestrial environments within their tank, and special attention needs to be paid to water quality. According to Coates, many species of turtles that come from warmer latitudes will also need their water to be heated.

Many pets, reptiles included, can carry Salmonella, a bacterial infection that is capable of being spread to humans. With appropriate treatment healthy adults tend to recover from infection with Salmonella bacteria relatively quickly.

According to Dr. Adam Danish, of Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania, thinking that a turtle should “look sick” for it to be a threat is a mistake. Small children handling turtles should be supervised to ensure they don’t place them near their eyes or mouths and that they wash their hands afterwards.

A dog or cat may view your new turtle with curiosity at first, but a simple exploratory scratch or bite can easily cause serious, and potentially lethal, harm. While a cat is probably more likely to have the skill to get up and into your turtle’s enclosure, never underestimate the brute force of an eager and leaping dog, no matter the size.

Keep any enclosure back from the edges of shelves, tables, or bureaus, and secure cords going to and from lights, heaters, and filters to avoid both tripping and curious mouths. Coates warns that obesity and hepatic lipids (fatty liver disease) are two conditions that are related to overfeeding pet turtles.

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Because most turtles are omnivorous, many will also enjoy small fish, shrimp, and insects as a special treat. Any of these foods can be dusted with calcium powder to provide an extra boost of this vital nutrient.

It’s always best to remove any uneaten food from a turtle’s enclosure to avoid a mess from cast-off and decaying matter, which can make the tank water get very nasty. Any animal lover would recoil at the prospect of leaving a cat or dog to its own devices in the wild.

Also, any manageable disease that a turtle might pick up in captivity can run rampant and unchecked if it’s released into the wild. So, between the natural competition for food, the uncertainty of the weather, and disease, your pet will have little chance of survival, not to mention the damage it might cause to native animals.

If you need to rehome a turtle, there are any number of internet groups and organizations that might be able to help find a suitable new family for it (see related links below). While your local pet store is unlikely to accept your turtle, they might be able to steer you in the right direction or allow you to post on their community boards.

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