Canned Or Dried Insects?

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Canned Or Dried Insects?

Postby agkistrodang » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:20 am

I am planning to adopt a rescue in the near future, working on getting everything prepared for him. He's an adult, lost one of his legs to bad husbandry as a baby but is now a healthy active adult up for adoption. His current food is mostly superworms and dandelion greens as the main staples.

I was at the pet store earlier today and saw a variety of both dried and canned insects sold for bearded dragons. These were Fluker's brand. Can you feed adult beardies successfully with these as staple protein? I'm curious about it as a potential option.

Thanks!
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Re: Canned Or Dried Insects?

Postby LewisBD » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:44 pm

agkistrodang wrote:I am planning to adopt a rescue in the near future, working on getting everything prepared for him. He's an adult, lost one of his legs to bad husbandry as a baby but is now a healthy active adult up for adoption. His current food is mostly superworms and dandelion greens as the main staples.

I was at the pet store earlier today and saw a variety of both dried and canned insects sold for bearded dragons. These were Fluker's brand. Can you feed adult beardies successfully with these as staple protein? I'm curious about it as a potential option.

Thanks!


Since it's an adult, he probably won't grow anymore. Conisdering that, he doesn't need much live food during the week anymore. When you do feed live though, it's better for the bugs to be alive rather canned or dehydrated. A lot of nutrients are lost during the process.
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Re: Canned Or Dried Insects?

Postby agkistrodang » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:46 pm

Thanks! I figured for sure it wouldn't work for babies since they need so much protein, but since this guys grown and doesnt eat a whole lot of bugs anyway I thought it might be worthwile. If anyone has more input or suggestions let me know!
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Re: Canned Or Dried Insects?

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:46 am

Don't give canned or dried insects , they are not as nutritious as live insects and very few lizards (even wild ones) will touch them. Canned and dried insects are a false economy , you will pay more per insect buying them this way than buying the insects live (even in small quantities from petshops).

Buy good quality live insects see this list for comparison viewtopic.php?f=76&t=234999&p=1807834#p1807834
Aim for higher Ca/P (better than 1.5) and lower levels of fat.

If you want to have a good backup for those times when you can't get live insects is Repashi GrubPie.

I give my adult beardies some live insects each day (in my case silkworms & crickets) and greens most days (my gang prefer life insects to greens).
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