How Do I Feed My Dragon Horn Worms?

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How Do I Feed My Dragon Horn Worms?

Postby avasgoldfish » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:08 pm

So the horn worms I got from the store are huge! I guess I wasn’t expecting them to be this size. Anyway, my beardie is about 3 months old, approx. 8” long, and each worm is about 2” long and fat. How much do I give to him? How do you keep extra pieces if beardie doesn’t want to eat all of it? These were not cheap. Probably the last time I’m getting these ... I cannot bear to slice them up. Aaah!
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Re: How Do I Feed My Dragon Horn Worms?

Postby CooperDragon » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:30 pm

I usually save the big ones for an adult dragon. The little ones are more appropriate for young dragons but they grow very quickly so don't stay small for long. They are soft and mostly liquid so they don't really chop up well or preserve but they can be bitten and chewed pretty easily. I usually just hold one out with my fingers and my dragon will come darting in from the other room as fast as he can when he sees the bright green worm.
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Re: How Do I Feed My Dragon Horn Worms?

Postby FrostBitten » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:08 pm

I think you're supposed to feed the horn worms to young beardies before the worms get too big. If they're already too big to feed, I'm not sure what you can do with them aside from kill them and throw them out, but I'm no expert.
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Re: How Do I Feed My Dragon Horn Worms?

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:40 pm

if the hornworms are too big , keep feeding them to grow them , let them pupate and the become moths , and let the moths mate and produce eggs …. hey presto …. self sufficient and all you need then is to buy the horn worm special chow to feed them.

Your juvenile beardie can easily handle a 2" hornworm , I fed silkworms about the same size to my beardies at about the same age.

The beauty with hornworms and silkworms is they are soft and juicy and a great feeder being slow moving and nutritious and they are usually scoffed down pretty quick when a hungry dragon sees them.

A medium sized silkworm or hornworm will be about 2in long and is a lot of protein cf a medium sized cricket

A 30mm long silkworm is 0.5g = 2-3 medium crickets (12x MED = 3g)
A 40mm long silkworm is 1.3g = 5-6 medium crickets
a 2 inch long silkworm is 1.8g
a large silkworm about 3in is 2.3g = 8 - 10 medium crickets
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Re: How Do I Feed My Dragon Horn Worms?

Postby avasgoldfish » Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:26 pm

Thank you all for your advice!

Kingofnobbys, I didn't even think to do that! I wish I had seen your response sooner. I will definitely consider it for next time. :)
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