meal worms ???? strange things in the tub

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andyn11

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bought a tub of meal worms last week and have gotten half way through the tub and this morning my girlfriend was looking at them and noticed some of them seem to be changing ... sort of cocoon ... anyone know what iam talking about ??? and is it smart to let my beardie eat these things???
 

Ashleabdlover

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yeahh, beetles defintely.
:?

kind of foul looking in my opinion. considering i hate any beetle/roach looking thing.
 

atreyu917

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put them in the fridge to keep them from turning into beetles. On the rare occasion that i have had this happen i fed those to my beardies. but if they turn into beetles i flush them haha.
 

andyn11

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lol yeh i read up on them and the guy at the pet shop told me ... is it safe to feed my beardie the beatles?
 

atreyu917

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andyn11":8f1dd said:
lol yeh i read up on them and the guy at the pet shop told me ... is it safe to feed my beardie the beatles?

I think so. But I wouldnt just to be on the safe side because their exoskeleton is so hard. But if your beardie is full grown it should be ok.
 

andyn11

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atreyu917":b3d05 said:
andyn11":b3d05 said:
lol yeh i read up on them and the guy at the pet shop told me ... is it safe to feed my beardie the beatles?

I think so. But I wouldnt just to be on the safe side because their exoskeleton is so hard. But if your beardie is full grown it should be ok.

well i fed her one the other day n she went nuts at it lol dived right in and ate it 1st ... but i recon i should have lots of beatles soon :) another great way to annoy my mum lol
 

patrickb

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Your beardie shouldn't be eating the mealworm larvae themselves, much less the beetles. They are ok as a treat, but they have very little nutritional content and way to much chitin (exoskeleton) which increases the risk of impaction a lot. I would highly recommend you look at other feeder alternatives asap. :)
 

andyn11

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patrickb":e8375 said:
Your beardie shouldn't be eating the mealworm larvae themselves, much less the beetles. They are ok as a treat, but they have very little nutritional content and way to much chitin (exoskeleton) which increases the risk of impaction a lot. I would highly recommend you look at other feeder alternatives asap. :)

only fed 1 larva and a few bettles coz they are there i dont purposly buy em to feed em
 

starlake

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I actually keep my mealworms in a large plastic container with oatmeal and a slice of potato or apple. They turn into beetles all the time, then a little later I get tiny new mealworms. Oatmeal is cheaper than mealworms, any day. I feed Pogona whichever I have most of: mealworms or beetles. She prefers beetles. This has been her main source of insects for over a year now, with occasional crickets, and she is quite healthy. I do spot an occasional undigested mealworm in her poop, so I'm thinking of switching to something else or combining with something else.

I have never fed her the pupae. I prefer to get the beetles so they have a chance of reproducing, and she probably wouldn't be too interested. She seems to like the movement of the MW and beetles.
 
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