I need advice from mountain dwellers and nature folk. lol The advice is, should I let this little guy go while he's so small? I know this will be a very, very powerful creature. I know he should never live his full life in captivity. The problem is, he's so darn tiny right now...... I see me letting him go at the water's edge and some bird swooping in at his first hop of freedom. My heart says to keep his tiny self until he's bigger.
I have a 55 gallon tank sitting here unused. I have everything this baby needs for a full year without purchasing a single thing.
I know there's the argument that I should let nature take its course. "If he gets eaten then that's nature's course". Don't give me that argument. Here's the huge concern - are there certain bacteria in the natural land and water source that he will need for his life long immune health? Am I cheating this bull frog baby out of that by keeping him?
I know he's an eating machine. Fortunately I have a lot to give him in the way of live food. This would be his housing and food supply until spring.
- It would be a 55 gallon terrarium with free flowing water. The top is completely covered well. I'm not going to put the water in a container. Yes, it's easier but it's not the best way, I don't believe, especially when I've got the equipment to manage it.
- I've got established bog wood for the water and the land area, that I made myself. I also have rocks and stones from streams which I've collected locally and internationally.
- The land areas would be raised, not touching the water. I have various plants. I've also got a nice supply of terrarium greens and mosses. I have an unlimited supply of snail free clean duckweed.
- Natural hiding places would be provided. There are no other frogs or fish that would be in his tank.
- Most people feed worms and crickets that are store bought. I have a small cricket farm fed on greens and fruits.
- My worm compost pile has all sizes. I have the huge worms, them big boys, but they aren't born that big. That's how my smaller fish got to have a worm. The largest worms are allowed to stay and breed.
- I have a small breeding containers for mealworms and beetles. This is the broke man's way of properly feeding the fish and frogs at home. The stages of the beetles life are perfect for different age groups and different kinds of frogs.
- No cat food or dog food is ever fed to these individuals - worms, crickets, mealworms
I was thinking about next spring letting him go. Of course that means I have a 55 just terrarium waiting for a good cleaning before adding what I really want which is a fire belly toad pod: 4 females, one male. No purposeful breeding.
So, that's what I can offer her/him until next spring. If my thinking is right on the matter, let me know. if I should let him go for his own good, let me know. I want him to develop correctly and grow so he can be wild as intended. But at this point, I can't get past what I want. I'm gonna have to outsource for advice on what's best for this little one affectionately called Pickle. You can believe I'll read even more about him.
BTW - I don't care how healthy Dubi Roaches are. I'm not breeding them. I can't do it. Heck, I'll spring for a pinky from time to time if needed, but no feeder roaches. I just can't do it. I know what they are but the word roach connected to anything is a no, no for me. Also, this community of insects I breed are kept in warm, dark utility room. So far there has been no smell and few escapees. Those who escape wouldn't live long. I diatomaceous earth under the carpet in there as well as under the carpet in the area by the tanks. Thanks to DE, I don't have fleas and such to worry about either. The only bugs here are the bugs I want here.