Best Feeder Worm?

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Best Feeder Worm?

Postby evie123 » Wed May 16, 2018 10:24 am

Hi! So i’m getting a bearded dragon soon and have planned on what tank, lighting and other essentials i’m going to get - except for the insects. I’ve been looking around for the best worm (i don’t really want to keep roaches or crickets because they can jump and fly) and i don’t know which one will be the most beneficial for my beardie. Please help! Thankyou - all feedback is appreciated :)
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Re: Best Feeder Worm?

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed May 16, 2018 10:26 am

For hatchlings and juveniles
BSFL
blowfly gents
small silkworms

larger beardiess
hard to beat medium & large silkworms.
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Re: Best Feeder Worm?

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Re: Best Feeder Worm?

Postby rjaimz1 » Sat May 19, 2018 11:58 am

I use phoenix worms. They are high in calcium and do not need to be dusted. They require no food, they have no odor, and they can be plumped by placing them in some water then feeding to your beardie which gives your dragon extra water.
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Re: Best Feeder Worm?

Postby JessPets » Sat May 19, 2018 2:19 pm

BSFL and silkworms are best for babies. No mealworms though, stray away from any bugs with a highly chitinous shell.
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Re: Best Feeder Worm?

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon May 21, 2018 3:22 am

A little more detailed info with pictures !!
Blowfly gents (maggots) are a very good nutritious feeder and very soft and slow moving.
see this https://frogs.org.au/live-foods/product/blowfly-larvae/ for size near pupation. The hatchling will also enjoy the flies , especially just as they emerge from the pupa.

housefly gents , see above .
see this https://frogs.org.au/live-foods/product ... ly-larvae/ size of full grown , ready to pupate maggots. The hatchling will also enjoy the flies , especially just as they emerge from the pupa.
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Silkworms are also a very good and nutritious feeder.
This is what the look like a 1 day old
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7 day old
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twp weeks old
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about 4 weeks old
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The little hatchling can handle all these size silkworms , because they are very soft and squishy and full of moist goo and chewed up mulberry leaves or chow.

Small size BSFL are very good.

Size of pinhead crickets
https://frogs.org.au/live-foods/product ... -crickets/
not a lot of protein in each when so small cf amount of exoskeleton. It'll have to catch and eat dozens per meal , and they are very hard to care for at this size and hard to keep track off in the tank.
Sizes of smaller sized crickets suitable for hatchlings for comparison
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I'd up from pinhead size to this size crickets - https://frogs.org.au/live-foods/product/small-crickets/ , 20 day old crickets , these will be easier to get a good meal of protein from and easier for you and the hatchling to keep track off in the tank.

Beauty of using gents , fly pupae close to hatching , and silkworms is they can be left in a suitable feeding dish (on a bit of mulberry leaf or chow if silkworms) for the hatchling to discover/notice and nibble at it it's own pace and when it chooses, the wont bite the hatchling, are slow moving, and will pretty much stay in the dish (leave in cool zone so they don't get cooked) and they are all very high in calcium and protein (exactly what the hatchling needs to grow and develop properly) , and most lizards go bananas for them (they love them).
CBDs: Puff (M)(RIP 10Dec2015 @ 3.2 yrs old (aneurism)),Rex (F)(RIP 16Mar2017 @ 4.6 yrs old,Toothless (M)(sudden unexplained death RIP 26Nov2017) @ 2.1 yrs old.Peppa (F) (born 15Nov2015).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : Lucky (M)(wild juvenile), cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.Wriggles (F)(rescued injured),thought she was a big lizard, 7-8 yrs old, died in her sleep, RIP 2Feb2016). Fluffy (F) rescued 14Nov2017 about 4 yrs old . .
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