Mealworms vs other worms

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Mealworms vs other worms

Postby pinkfloppyfoosh » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:52 pm

I just recently saw a video online about how feeding mealworms are bad for bearded dragons. I'm so worried that she might get intestinal damage as an infant that she won't live until she is a year old. I might just be paranoid, but are mealworms really that bad for young bearded dragons? If so, are there any other insects (besides crickets) that could serve as an alternative?
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Re: Mealworms vs other worms

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:07 pm

pinkfloppyfoosh wrote:I just recently saw a video online about how feeding mealworms are bad for bearded dragons. I'm so worried that she might get intestinal damage as an infant that she won't live until she is a year old. I might just be paranoid, but are mealworms really that bad for young bearded dragons? If so, are there any other insects (besides crickets) that could serve as an alternative?


Depending on how large / old the dragon is :

Housefly gents & the pupae and flies
Blowfly gents & the pupae and flies
BSF lavae & pupae and flies
silkworms
…. are all excellent and nutritious staple feeders of the worm variety.

Other options are
crickets
roaches
locusts
….. suitable sized , gutloaded (to enrich their nutritional values and especially Ca/P level and moisture content) and dusted with Ca powder.
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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Re: Mealworms vs other worms

Postby pechadm88 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:04 am

Hey! I also am not a fan of crickets! Honestly, my favorite thing right now is black soldier fly larvae. You can purchase it from flukersfarms.com

They don’t bite, you don’t need to feed them, and you can store them in the fridge if need be to stop them from morphing. I got the mediums ones before and they are fairly small, the large is a big upgrade and probably the size of a 1/2 inch or more. They have no shell so it’s easy digesting and I think I got 1000 of them for like $12-13...that includes the shipping. Also it only took 2-3 days to get to my place...depends on when you order them. You will need to brush off some of the excess dirt/substrate but that’s easy!

Hope this helps!
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Re: Mealworms vs other worms

Postby MistyJulia2 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:38 pm

Phoenix worms are a great sources of calcium. Dubia roaches are also a great feeder insect!!
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