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How to care for slaters


  • Slaters are detritus feeders, eating mainly plant materials but also scavenging on dead animals. Good-quality leaf litter in the enclosure will provide a source of readily available food.
  • Slaters will also feed on tender seedlings, dried fish food (flakes), or soaked cat biscuits. Place these in an upturned lid.
  • Replace the leaf litter regularly, taking care not to remove the slaters themselves.
  • Pay particular attention to the condition of the leaf litter. This must include leaves in different degrees of decomposition because slaters can be selective about the state of decay of the leaf litter that they eat.
  • Provide water for drinking in a shallow lid no deeper than 10 millimetres and replenish it daily.