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Safe Food List

Discussion in 'Foods, Treats & Home Recipes.' started by vckums, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    Acorns (crush and soak overnight in salt water then drain before serving)
    Alfalfa
    Almonds, crushed
    Amaranth (Ancient grain)
    Anchovy oil
    Apple and natural, unsweetened apple sauce
    Apricot
    Arame
    Artichokes
    Asparagus
    Avocado
    Bamboo (live plants make wonderful tank toys and grazing)
    Banana
    Barley
    Beans, yellow wax
    Bee pollen
    Bee propolis
    Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green or purple)
    Bilberries/Huckleberries
    Blackberry leaves
    Blackberry
    Blackstrap molasses (unsulfured) - amazingly high in nutrients such as calcium and potassium; 1-2 times monthly
    Bladderwrack
    Bloodworms (alive or dead)
    Blueberries
    Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)
    Broccoli and leaves
    Brown rice
    Brussels sprouts
    Cabbage (all varieties)
    Calcium carbonate powder, plain
    Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)-Also known as "pot marigolds"
    Camellia (Camellia japonica)
    Canteloupe
    Carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)
    Carrots
    Carrot tops
    Cauliflower and leaves
    Celery leaves
    Cereal; Brown rice, soy, wheat or 7 grain, muesli
    Chamomile flowers
    Chard
    Cheese (be sure to get all natural varieties, serve as occasional treat)
    Cherimoya
    Cherry
    Chestnuts
    Chicken bones
    Chicken, cooked and unseasoned (smash the bone for marrow access)
    Chickweed
    Cholla wood
    Cilantro
    Citrus (all fruits)
    Clams
    Clover blossoms and leaves
    Coconut and coconut oil
    Cod liver oil
    Collards
    Cork bark
    Corn (on the cob, too)
    Cornmeal
    Cranberries (dehydrated)
    Crickets
    Crustaceans (any and all crustacea including crayfish, lobster, shrimp and other crabs)
    Cucumber
    Currants
    Cuttlefish bone, powdered
    Dairy products (milk, cheese, live-culture yogurt) **
    Daisies (Bellis perennis)
    Dandelion flowers, leaves and roots (Taraxacum officinale)
    Day lilies (Hemerocallis)
    Egg, scrambled or soft boiled
    Eggshells
    Elderberry flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
    Extra-virgin olive oil
    Fig (ripe fruit only)
    Fish flakes w/out chemical preservatives
    Fish Oil
    Flax seeds/Linseeds (crushed)
    Flax seed oil (small amounts infrequently)
    Frozen fish food (esp. algae, krill and brine shrimp)
    Garbanzos
    Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)
    Gooseberry (ripe or overripe)
    Grape Leaf
    Grapes
    Grape seed
    Grapevine (vines and root)
    Green and red leaf lettuce (not iceburg; dark green)
    Green Beans
    Hazel leaves
    Hempseed Meal
    Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
    Hikari products: brine shrimp, krill, crab cuisine, sea plankton (no preservatives)
    Hollyhock flowers
    Honey (organic, or at least locally produced, for anti-microbials)
    Honeybush
    Honeydew Melon
    Honeysuckle flowers (Japanese Lonicera japonica)
    Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
    Irish Moss
    Japanese red maple leaves, dried (Acer palmatum)
    Jasmine flowers (Jasmine officinale)
    Johnny-Jump-Up flowers--(Viola tricolor)
    Kamut
    Kelp
    Kiwi
    Lentils
    Lettuce(dark green varieties)
    Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
    Lima Beans
    Lobster with crushed exoskeleton
    Locusts (dead)
    Lychee fruit (fresh; no kernel)
    Macadamia nuts
    Madrona wood
    Mango
    Mangrove (small live trees can be obtained on eBay, use in water basin)
    Maple leaves
    Maple syrup
    Marion Berries
    Milk thistle flowers (Silybum marianum)
    Mint (but not peppermint!)
    Most organic baby foods
    Muscadine (grapes)
    Mushrooms
    Mussels
    Nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum majus)
    Nettle (wilted)
    Nettle, stinging (pour boiling water over leaves first)
    Oak Leaves and bark
    Octopus
    Okra
    Olive and olive oil (extra virgin)
    Oranges
    Oysters
    Pansy flowers and leaves (Viola X Wittrockiana)
    Papaya
    Parsley
    Parsnip
    Passionflowers (Passifloraceae - passion flower family)
    Passionfruit
    Peaches
    Peanut butter (avoid sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils)
    Peanuts
    Pears
    Peas
    Pecans
    Pecan bark
    Persimmon
    Petunia blossoms
    Pineapple (including leaves)
    Pistachio nuts
    Plum
    Pomegranate
    Popcorn (unseasoned, unflavored, unbuttered)
    Potato (no green parts, including eyes)
    Psyllium & husks
    Pumpkin
    Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
    Quinoa (New World grain)
    Raisins (no sulphur dioxide)
    Raspberry
    Red raspberry leaves (highest bioavailable calcium source + vit. C and trace minerals)
    Red root (Ceanothus Americanus, otherwise known as red root; high in tannin)
    Rolled Oats
    Rooibus (or rooibos)
    Roquette (Eruca vesicaria)
    Rose petals (Rosa spp)
    Rose hips
    Royal Jelly
    Russian Olive leaves (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
    Sage blossoms (Salvia officinalis)
    Salmon
    Sand dollars
    Sardines
    Scallops
    Sea biscuits
    Sea fan (red or black)
    Sea grasses
    Sea salt
    Sea Sponges
    Semolina
    Sesame seeds (crushed)
    Sesame oil (in tiny amounts as appetite stimulant)
    Shrimp and exoskeletons
    Snails (use human food grade only; not wild snails)
    Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
    Soy and soy products (human grade; miso, tofu, etc.)
    Spelt
    Spinach
    Spirulina (complete protein and chlorophyll source; highest in beta carotene)
    Sprouts (flax, wheat, bean, alfalfa, etc.)
    Squid
    Squash (and squash blossom)
    Star fruit (carambola)
    Strawberry and tops
    Sugar cane
    Sunflower Seeds (crushed), flowers and leaves (Helianthus)
    Swamp cypress wood (false cypress, taxodium sp.)
    Sweet potato
    Sycamore leaf
    Tahini (no garlic variety)
    Tamarillo
    Tamarind
    Tangerine
    Timothy hay
    Tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa) (ripe fruit only; avoid feeding foliage and unripe fruit)
    Tomato
    Triticale
    Tulip flowers (Tulipa spp.)
    Tuna
    Turnip greens
    Viola flowers
    Violet flowers (Viola odorata)
    Walnuts
    Wasa All-Natural Crispbread (Oat flavor)
    Watercress
    Watermelon
    Wheat grass
    Wheat
    Wheat germ
    Whitefish
    Whole Wheat Couscous
    Wild rice
    Zucchini (and zucchini flowers)*


    *This food list is mainly adapted from Summer Michealson and Stacey Arenella's book,
    The All-Natural Hermit Crab Sourcebook, and expanded on by Julia Crab and others

    ** After extensive tests in several EH member tanks, it has been discovered that dairy items are not lethal to crabs. In fact, most crabs really enjoy cheddar cheese, live-culture yogurt, and the occasional drink of milk. While extended long-term testing is still underway, there has been 8 months of trials with no harm to the test crabs. For now, dairy is acceptable, once every 30 to 60 days as a treat. It should not be relied upon as a food base.
    Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 February 2007 )
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2009
  2. nick-dadson

    nick-dadson (Micro Crab)

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    Would it be ok for me to put this list on a hermie site im making, crediting you of course?
     
  3. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    The person to credit is Julia Crab and I don't think she'd mind sharing the info if you credit her. Here is her site

    epicureanhermit.com - Home
     
  4. nick-dadson

    nick-dadson (Micro Crab)

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    Thankyou. Ill add her name when I get home :)
     
  5. victoria

    victoria "Preparing For First Molt"

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    thanks for telling me (us) the info.:D
     
  6. sprite hermit

    sprite hermit Hi, I'm New Here!

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    Wow thats a very detailed list thanks!:D although my problem is, my hermit crabs don't seem to eat. its like the food doesn't get eaten.what am i doing wrong? should i grind down the food into a fine substance?
     
  7. hermie101

    hermie101 (Micro Crab)

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    very usefull, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. krackersmom2

    krackersmom2 (Large Crab)

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    I saw sand dollars on your list. Are you talking about the dried white ones or fresh dead ones? I have a dead, dried white one in my tank and was wondering if they might be nibbling little pieces off of it? I recall somone else on the site making a comment about their crabs being in love with a sand dollar they added to their crabitat.
     
  9. kiva

    kiva "Never Molted"

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    How do I need to prepare zucchini? Do I blanch it or no? Peel or no peel? Thanks
     
  10. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    You can feed it raw, blanched or cooked. I have left the peel on when I do it.
     
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    kiva "Never Molted"

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    Thank you very much.
     
  12. Yadokari

    Yadokari (Small Crab)

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    I've been feeding mine freshly killed (squished actually) mealworms. I bought a small container, filled with 50 of them, thinking my newts would eat it. My newts ended up just running away from the mealworms... So, I'm stuck with a ton of them now and some have started to try and turn into beetles! So before that happens, I've been grabbing my pair of tongs and squishing them really fast, then tossing it into the hermit crab tank. I toss about 2 per night. They're all gone in the morning. I have 29 crabs in that tank, although not all are up. I think my crabs like the worms a lot, because I tried throwing in dead ghost shrimp/fish and they don't even touch it.
     
  13. vckums

    vckums Moderator

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    You could pop them in the freezer as well.
     
  14. Yadokari

    Yadokari (Small Crab)

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    My mealworm tub ended up getting infested with ants over the past few days. Threw em away instead :(

    Ughhhhh... I hate ants that bother my crab (and dog) food!
     
  15. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    Now that Julia's site has moved, where is the safe list? and the unsafe list? I only see a forum when I go to the new site.
     
  16. sami

    sami "Never Molted"

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    I want to see if my hermits like to nibble on lilacs.... How do i go about cleaning them, or is it ok to just give it to them right from the bush?
     
  17. Hermie's rule

    Hermie's rule "Second Molt In Progress"

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    In front of the crabitat! :)
    In the search bar type in safe foods. And then click on the topic under the forum. It's still there.
     
  18. Jedi_sena

    Jedi_sena (Micro Crab)

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    Lilacs have a tendancy to have a lot of tiny mites, so I'd give them a good rinse in saltwater.
    Thanks for directions to the food lists!
     
  19. ninjasgorawr

    ninjasgorawr (Micro Crab)

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    Is jicama ok to feed them?
     
  20. Hermielover<3

    Hermielover<3 "Never Molted"

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    I have frozen dead bloodworms that my fish eat.
    Would those be ok to give to my crab, or should i defrost them or something?
     

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