11 weeks old Food preference?

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micuit

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Hi, my little Drago seems to enjoy more the mealworms then the crickets. He still eats his crickets, but when ever we put a mealworm in front of him, he eats it real fast. Is it normal? Is it a behavior that is wanted at that age?

Could it be possible to reduce the crickets slowly and only give him only mealworms, if that's what he prefers?

Thank you !
 

HylianHealeys

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Mealworms are higher in fat than crickets, so naturally they taste better to him (what would you choose — a salad or a bacon cheeseburger?). But fast-moving feeders like dubia roaches and crickets encourage exercise and proper muscle development, so I would advise sticking to those when you can. Silkworms and black soldier fly larvae are slow-moving like mealworms, but much more nutritious. Mealworms can be an occasional treat.

To clarify this, I recommend reading this article: Feeder Insect Nutrition Facts for Reptile Keepers.
 

kingofnobbys

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My gang at 3 months old it was crickets, *small = 1.5- inch long) silkworms and blowfly gents , and 3 live feedings per day + greens & grated veg and softened VetaFarm & RepCal Juvenile Beardie pellets

BSF lavae were not available commercially here at the time, had they been, I would have included these in their diet , maybe
meal 1 = crickets
meal 2 = silkworms
meal 3 = BSF lavae or blowfly gents.

For a 3 month old , mealworms are a no! no! , only given as an occasion treat (maybe a few).
 
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