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Matttoadman

Collecting "wild" food

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Yucca pods, persimmons, blackberries, prickly pear fruit and cactus paddles, winged sumac berries, honeysuckle flowers, dogwood flowers, sassafrass leaves......I guess the possibilities are endless?

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I have lots of opuntia (prickly pear) species that I grow in pots. The only thing I would be worried about is the glochids, the tiny little hair like spines on the fruits and on most paddles themselves, getting stuck in the cockroach. I've pulled hundreds of them out of my hand and it's very painful (especially barbed cholla spines). I suppose there is a way to make them edible as people commonly use them in cooking, but I would be very careful.

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what about blackberries? sometimes when I go on trails or go fishing I see a bunch of them and it would be great if I can have a supply of them!

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I have a pot of the spineless opuntia that I used to feed a uromastyx, it was the only thing it would eat. The good thing is the 5 acres I live on is an overgrown hay field. And since I am an exterminator, there are no pesticides used any where on the property. I refuse to use anything at home. Must wash my hands a million times after I get home lol.

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Thanks, I have decided to avoid wild food do to possible pathogens that could be passed to the herps. I just lost some recently wild caught gulf coast toads to a ridiculous worm load. So I will not be taking any chances with my new pacman frogs.

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