Insectivore Diets

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In addition to understanding insect nutritional profiles for amphibian nutrition, the information is also being used to develop more appropriate diets for insectivorous mammals such as tamandua and hedgehogs.

Commercial insectivore diets, much like those for domestic dogs and cats, contain significant concentrations of grain products, in addition to being highly processed. Studies are being conducted to determine the digestibility of nutrients of a newly developed experimental insectivore diet being made at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Comparative Nutrition Department.