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Georgia Journal of Science

Abstract

Larvae of Hermetia illucens Linnaeus (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), the black soldier fly (BSF), or one of two commercial feeds were offered to three randomized groups of hatchling American Alliga­tors (Alligator mississippiensis Daudin) (Crocodylia: Alligatoridae) for three months and their growth monitored. Statistical analysis of weight (g) (Wilcoxon/Kruskal-Wallis Test) and snout-vent length (cm) (Welch ANOVA F-test) increases were significantly greater in groups of alligators fed 56% protein/11 % fat or 45% protein/8% fat com­mercial feeds versus alligators fed BSF. Based on these results, BSF can not be recommended as a complete replacement for commercial feeds in young alligators.

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