Hornworm Size

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Hornworm Size

Postby LavenderFleur » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:11 pm

I thought I would get my beardie, Eli, a treat and order him some hornworms along with his dubia roaches (he also regularly gets bsfl). The hornworms are A LOT bigger than I expected. I knew they grew quick, but the size still is larger than I thought they would be. Since they're soft-bodied and made up of a lot of water, can I safely feed him ones larger than the space between his eyes? He's about 4-6 months old (not sure if what the pet store told me was accurate) and approximately 11-12 inches long.

I gave him one of the smaller ones and he loved it! I'd like to be able to give him one a day or so just to help keep him hydrated and to add variety to his diet.

On a side note, the hornworms are kind of cute. lol Remind me of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. I feel a bit bad sacrificing them to a dragon! :P
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Re: Hornworm Size

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:06 am

Hi there, you can definitely feed him bigger ones. Can you post pics of the hornworm next to the dragon ?
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Re: Hornworm Size

Postby LavenderFleur » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:20 pm

Well, I tried, but he snatched them up as soon as I got close. :lol: He ate two, and I didn't want to risk a third and have poop shenanigans later.

The largest worms are about 1.5-1.75 inches long, and not too fat.
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Re: Hornworm Size

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:55 pm

:lol: I thought of that as I typed that , I could just see the " hornworm challenge " fail. But anyway, those are just fine for him and you can go even bigger [ which you will be by the end of the week ] so you might as well give him 2 every day if you have a dozen.
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Re: Hornworm Size

Postby LavenderFleur » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:02 pm

Thank you! He does really enjoy them!
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Re: Hornworm Size

Postby AHBD » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:06 pm

You're welcome....I know beardies generally do love them. :)
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