Something fishy with my superworms?The king mealworms are not considered a good thing for your lizards because of the chemicals they are fed. Nor are superworms, they are very high in chitin and keratin which is steroids super worms to digest. Crickets and roaches are steroifs by most to steroids super worms a hgh company reviews staple. Regular meal worms are fine for a treat just not for the staple meal. As far as I know the king worms and the jumbo worms are the same as regular meal worms only dosed. Superworms are a separate species.
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The king mealworms are not considered a good thing for your lizards because of the chemicals they are fed. Nor are superworms, they are very high in chitin and keratin which is difficult to digest. Crickets and roaches are considered by most to be a better staple. Regular meal worms are fine for a treat just not for the staple meal. As far as I know the king worms and the jumbo worms are the same as regular meal worms only dosed.
Superworms are a separate species. They are tough to crunch and to digest. I fed my leopard gecko those superworms for years I got tired of crickets dying, my leo getting sand in her mouth she would NOT eat if she had been distrubed , and normal mealworms were too small for her and she was just fine; and actually, after I got her totally switched onto the worms, she was more active than with crickets.
Many people have done that. It used to be mealworms were the only thing readily available for lizard breeders.
There has been a great deal of research done on chitin and the chitin to protein ratios. Roaches and crickets are far better for your lizard than are mealworms. Some people live a long time eating only big macs. You make the choice. Your profile says that you are It couldn't have been very many years that you leo has been eating worms. That's what I fed my leo. I used this stuff. I had to explain to some little boy that looked about years old at Petco a few months ago that leopard geckos are not snakes and should never be fed pinkie mice if they are otherwise healthy.
Katia, I feed those things to my hedgehog. They're crazy huge, aren't they? Are they the zoo-med brand? That's what I get. I was stunned when I first saw them. No way would I want to touch those things when they're alive! You're one brave chick, Katia! I have the crickets and the mini-mealies I used to have tons of various worm cultures growing all over the house for my fish.
It's nice not to have to deal with live anymore. I just bought a new can of crickets. I didn't even think to check the expiration date. I feed superworms to Olivia the toad and Isabel the dragon.
Silkworms are VERY nice as a staple, especially if you have a mullberry tree for food for them. Superworms are easy because they just eat their meal and live in a tub. Superworms are supposed to be much more digestible than mealworms. That is right Nanci, if you are going to feed worms, superworms are the best choice. The silk works are even better but are expensive and a pain to keep if you don't have a good supply to mullberry.
I talked to some one a while ago who were raising walking sticks to feed to their lizards. They fed them pirocantha leaves. My leo was supposedly raised on mealworms and fed crickets for the "Hunting instinct".
I got her in the raffle at the Reptile Expo here in Denver. That was January I have yet to get her to eat and I've tried crickets and mealworms. She still has a nice fat tail, but I'm starting to get worried about her. I just checked and her temp is She's in the snake room at the moment and I really don't want it any warmer in there. Maybe I should try some of these silkworms or even a small pinkie? Silk or wax worms are high in fat and seem to appeal to leos. I'd try them if you can get them.
I wouldn't try a small pinkie until you've tried the worms though. Your leo may just be shy. I know people will tell you that crickets will eat your children during the night, but try putting one cricket in there and leave it till tomorrow. Actually out of all the commonly used feeder insects, Silkworms are the lowest in fat and they highest in Calcium and Protein. If you buy them as eggs and raise them they can be quite cheap.
Size wise the can grow huge for your dragons or feed them off when they are smaller for you Leos. Here is a site that sells them, I don't know anything about this site, it is just one I found quickly. Yeah, it's totally fine to leave a couple crickets in with most reptiles. Silks are great, but highly "perishable". You can get food for them though. If you can get a couple from a local store to try and they like them, then you can order them online too, along with their food.
There's also hornworms, which again, need a special food. They get quite large, but you can get small ones too.
Silkworms and butter worms are the best. They make a silkworm meal now and it's very easy to use. I get mine premade and all I have to do it put a slice in the container with the silkworms. My butter worms are kept in the fridge so I don't have to feed them and they can survive for months like that. But they can live on the same bran flake diet you would feed meal and superworms.
I will be getting Dubia roaches in about a week and starting my own colony as well as hissing roaches. I am sick and tired of all the nasty cricket smell. Lizards are much better off eating dubia roaches, silkworms and butter worms. Silkworms can be expensive though and if you don't take care to wash your hands carefully you can kill the entire colony from the germs we carry.
You still need to dust them with calcium D-3 powder a couple times a week. When I get my colony of dubia started I'm sure I'll be selling some some times. My dragon loves hornworms, once he decided they were food. For the first day or so after I gave him one, he had a nice bright blue pet.
Unfortunately, they are difficult to find around here, so he generally get supers and the occasional waxworm plus all his greens, of course. Is dusting the insects really necessary?
The same breeder said just to have a container with Calcium D3 powder in it and the gecko would take what she needed. I know she does too because I find little powder footprints everywhere and usually there is some on her nose. What kind of gecko do you have?
I have never raised leopard geckos but putting a bowl of calcium would never fly for chameleons. If you dust your insects then you know everyone is getting some. If you put a bowl out all you know is someone walked through it. Nutritionally, how do the canned foods compare to the live? And how long to the cans last once you open them? Rosie, I don't know about the nutrition aspect, but yes, you can use a few and keep them in the fridge.
I opened mine a month ago and they're still fresh in the can. However, mine go to a hedgehog, not a lizard, so nutrition may be a be a different concern. D I'm concidering a crestie. At least alive ones. I know they cant hurt me Earwigs do that too. I'm going to put some thought into silkworms too Ah, well, then you should look into Repashy Crested Gecko Diets. No bugs required at all! Oh, and to get over your fear of crickets LOL Crickets and grasshoppers were my worst fear, but I got over the cricket one pretty quickly.
I'm still not fond of grasshoppers. My wife is not afraid of crickets but she is for sure repulsed by them.