View Full Version : how many grams can extatosoma consume?
03-20-2009, 07:10 AM
Hi Do you know how many grams can a adult Extatosoma consume per day?
03-23-2009, 09:07 PM
looks like you'll be getting your weighing scales out to find out this answer. :)
03-25-2009, 12:25 AM
maybe a good way to find out would be to isolate a large mature adult female for a day with plenty of food and then collect the faecal matter produced and weigh it. I suppose this would give you a reasonable idea. Sounds fun :)
03-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Wouldn't that give a false reading. As the leaves have a high water content which is retained by the phasmid and not passed out in the faecal matter.
cannot think of a good or accurate way to do this especial when measuring such low quantaties.
03-25-2009, 09:01 PM
Yes it would be less as you say water etc would be taken out so i think if you multiplied the weight by say 150% maybe 200%? you might get a better idea of how much leaf weight they actually eat.
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