Amphipods as Food for Amphibians and Reptiles

Jun 1, 2012
The Reptile Report
by Contributing Editor

The Reptile Report - Amphipods are crustaceans that feature prominently in natural diets of many reptiles and amphibians. They contain nutrients not found in insects, and are likely a rich source of calcium. Several species are easy to collect and breed in captivity, but, unlike sowbugs, they rarely attract much attention from hobbyists. Whether you know them as Rock-Hoppers, Sand-Hoppers, Lawn Shrimp or any of the names above, one Amphipod or another likely makes its home near yours, and may be worth investigating as a food source for your pets.

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