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MEALWORMS

Postby Feezy18 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:00 am

Keep getting mixed opinions. Are mealworms good or bad to feed??!!??
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Re: MEALWORMS

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:21 am

They're ok to offer in small amounts as part of a variety, but I wouldn't rely solely on them. Try to rotate what you offer to provide the healthiest diet. Other good options include silk worms, black soldier fly larvae(calci/repti/phoenix worms), hornworms for adult dragons (they grow to be too large for young dragons), roaches, crickets, morio/super worms. There are other good bug options available too.
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Re: MEALWORMS

Postby Feezy18 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:24 am

I’m definitely not looking to make mealworms my stable diet but I’ve seen so many videos basically saying if u feed them ur dragon will die lol
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Re: MEALWORMS

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:40 am

Yeah... it's a debated topic. There is some concern that the hard shells can cause impaction in young dragons. I haven't seen that be an issue as long as lighting and environment and overall health are good. Overfeeding them can be a factor in that as well. Generally they are pretty good at chewing if they aren't feeding too quickly and that breaks them down enough. Impaction risk decreases quite a bit as they get older (again, as long as their health is good and environment is correct etc). I don't really see an issue with offering them as part of a diet as long as it's not too much and not the only offering. That's just my opinion though and others may disagree, and that's OK.
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Re: MEALWORMS

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:10 am

My thoughts and experience on the matter:
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I've raised more babies than I can count, and I've never had an impaction issue.

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