Amphibians: Supplement diets with vitamins/ calcium fed to prey (e.g. prey gut loading)
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
In captivity, amphibian diets are often dramatically simplified, and prey species are often those that can be bred cheaply and efficiently in captivity. By feeding prey a diet rich with vitamins or nutrients (gut loading) before they are fed to amphibians, nutritional deficiencies could be avoided.
In captivity, metabolic bone disease can be an issue in amphibians. It develops as a result of an imbalance of vitamin D3, phosphorous and calcium. Amphibians cannot process calcium without vitamin D, which is activated by ultraviolet light. Health problems may affect reproduction in captive animals.