My Beardie will only eat crickets!

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My Beardie will only eat crickets!

Postby advannoy13 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:27 am

Hello all! My BD baby is extremely picky, and will ONLY eat crickets as a protein source... he used to LOVE dubia's, but won't touch them anymore, and recently I've tried feeding him Phoenix worms, and he just closes his eyes at them! I've also tried to get him to eat a horned worm, also nothing. How can I get this little guy to try other bugs?! He also used to eat smaller super worms but I was told that unless he's over 16" long not to give them to him.... I'd really like him to eat something more than just crickets, can anyone help? I don't know what to do.
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Re: My Beardie will only eat crickets!

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:50 am

You can try BSFL they are high in calcium dont need to be dusted like the crickets-- maybe try some butter worms for a treat they are fattening -- super meal worms should only be given as a treat --- dragons are strange some like crickets and not the dubias some like dubias and not the crickets-- odd he wont touch horn worms either --- how old is he and how many crickets is he eating? Lighting in tank plays a huge role in behavior and overall health
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Re: My Beardie will only eat crickets!

Postby claudiusx » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:55 am

Butterworms aren't fattening anymore than any other good feeder option. Butterworms actually have less fat % than dubia roaches have. It's a common misconception probably due to their name. But butterworms are a great staple feeder choice. They are just expensive.

Sometimes they just get picky but I do agree with karrie, make sure your lighting and temps are up to par with what's suggested around here. They play a massive role in appetite.

If I had to guess though I'd just say he likes more stimulating prey. Such as crickets he gets to hunt.

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Re: My Beardie will only eat crickets!

Postby claudiusx » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:56 am

Waxworms are the worms that are really fattening. :p

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Re: My Beardie will only eat crickets!

Postby advannoy13 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:42 am

If I had to say I would estimate he's around 6 months old, possibly 7, I'm really not sure... he eats about 7 to 10 medium sized crickets a day, and is definitely getting better at eating more greens. He is gaining about a gram a week though and since I've gotten him he's gained 90 grams and over 5".
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