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The Development and Evaluation of a Gut-loading Diet for Feeder Crickets Formulated to Provide a Balanced Nutrient Source for Insectivorous Amphibians and Reptiles

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dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Andy, R
dc.contributor.advisor Atkinson, Jim, L
dc.contributor.author Attard, Lydia
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-09T15:17:43Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-09T15:17:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-03
dc.date.created 2013-03-11
dc.date.issued 2013-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6653
dc.description.abstract In captivity the diversity of prey items for obligate insectivores is limited and nutritionally inadequate, leading to nutrient deficiencies. Zoological institutions utilize gut-loading, an insect supplementation technique, to compensate for these nutrient shortcomings. This study developed a gut-loading diet (GLD) to enhance the nutritive quality of the domestic house cricket (Acheta domestica) for insectivorous amphibians and reptiles, with the requisite that it also met cricket foraging and palatability needs. Gut-loaded cricket analysis established its effectiveness such that the targeted level of most nutrients required by the end consumers were met after consuming the diet for 24 hrs (Ca:P of 1.127; vitamin A (retinyl acetate) level of 12,607 IU/kg; vitamin E level of 342 IU/kg and a linoleic fatty acid level of 4.62%), peaking at 2 days for some and remained above targeted amounts for at least 4 days. A list of cricket gut-loading optimization husbandry procedures has also been recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Crickets en_US
dc.subject Gut-loading diet en_US
dc.title The Development and Evaluation of a Gut-loading Diet for Feeder Crickets Formulated to Provide a Balanced Nutrient Source for Insectivorous Amphibians and Reptiles en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Animal and Poultry Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Animal and Poultry Science en_US
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