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Okay, so I`m going to Florida in August and my beardies are being taken care of by friends, Kira is going to a friend of mine who has a Gecko and a Snake, I figure she`s the one with the most reptile experience and my mind will be at ease. Anyhow, right now her Gecko is off supers, and she posted a facebook status about it, to which a girl posted this:
"what else do you feed her besides super worms? super worms are high in fat content and can end up being unhealthy for lizards if too many are given, and they are very filling besides that. another thing to watch out for in small reptiles, l...ike geckos, is their bowls can get impacted when they have eaten too much or an insect too big for them to digest properly. the good thing is they store nutrients in their tail so keep an eye on how fat the tail is to judge your feeding times and choices!
mealworms are really good for smaller reptiles because they are high in nutrients but crickets are also an option, remember! just buy some calcium powder to dust over the cricket so it gets extra nutrients into your little lizard ."
Now, as soon as I saw this the "RAWR MEALWORMS ARE WORSE THAN SUPERS" section of my brain went into overdrive but before flat out telling this girl she`s wrong, I looked at the nutritional value on BeautifulDragons and whatta ya know, according to the numbers supers are higher in fat% and lower in protein. Wooo, what gives?
As someone who feeds supers as a staple but has a mealworm colony pretty much for the fun of it, am I doing wrong by my dragons? SHOULD I be feeding them meal worms? In reference to this nutritional information, tell me why mealworms are worse than supers.
Low calcium, high phosphorus & fat, hard chitin shell
High phosphorus, dust or inject to increase calcium
*As a disclaimer, when we get back from Florida we will actually be starting a dubia colony. Supers will then be an occasional feeder and mealworms and butterworms will also. As it stand we pay $60 for 1000 supers once a month.