Acquired: Bred invertebrate myself,
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Feb 06, 2015
When it comes to feeding small reptiles, frogs and even some fish - a fruit fly is a wise choice. Keeping them is super simple in that all one needs is a suitable sized jar, some cheese cloth and well, fruit! Apples and bananas are a good choice. The larvae were the recommended feeding stage for our reptiles but adults are used with a little creativity.
Spider webs are a good place for the adults and the smaller poison arrow frogs enjoy chasing them down too. Mostly we used the larvae for newts, baby reptiles and crickets. Crickets enjoy a fruit-fly larvae treat and this is a good eco-system in my opinion.
One thing to consider if choosing to keep fruit-flies-- rotting fruit tends to really smell things up pretty well and should be kept away from regular "human" living or work areas. They need to be kept at room temperature or as best as possible they should never be allowed in the cold or the whole colony will go bust and a restart will be necessary.
Starting them is fairly easy - most times, placing a piece of fruit outside for a few days and even sometimes just sitting discarded fruit in an open jar indoors will produce something worth feeding to a small reptile. Once flies start emerging, put the cloth over the top and continue culturing them until the desired amount is grown and presto!
Organic and nutritious food for an otherwise difficult pet to keep!