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    Mealworms?

    i read recently on another reptile page that you should cut off the heads of mealworms because they can over time eat threw your reptiles stomach. is this true?






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    Re: Mealworms?

    My friend's Leo died from a superworm eating it's way out. Seems the little guy didn't break the harder exoskeleton of the super and it wasn't even fazed by the stomach acids. But I've never heard of the softer mealworms doing that. Even a new hatchling is strong enough to break into them.
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    Re: Mealworms?

    so most likely its one of those things that usually wont happen, but there is a chance?

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    Re: Mealworms?

    I doubt a regular mealworm would survive being eaten. The problem my friend's leo had with the supers is the hard exoskeleton. He didn't break it open well enough for his stomach acids to kill it. Mealworms are really soft in comparison. I'm certain that regular mealworms are fine. I have always fed them to my leo, but I won't feed superworms.
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    Re: Mealworms?

    yeah i got supers recently and i gave a couple to my male BD but he is big enough that he demolished the first ones i gave him :-) so im not too worried about it. but just as a precatuion the time after that i cut their heads off just because i wasnt sure. im not really a big fan of these super worms anyways. its just something till i get my dubias up and going

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    Re: Mealworms?

    When my bearded dragon eats her super worms, she chomps the life out of them! I have a hard time understand why people think that a superworm would eat through a Bearded Dragons stomach, the Bearded Dragons teeth and stomach acid would kill it.
    Just my opinion! I think that superworms are fine as long as the bearded dragon is not a hatchling, Mealworms are fine. Proper basking temperatures play a major role in digesting food, any food that is eaten needs to be digested properly if not it will rot in its digestive system which may cause death.
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    Re: Mealworms?

    i figured they wouldnt be an issue, especially since this is the first time i had heard of that happening. not saying im ane expert with Bearded Dragons :-), just been researching them for the last 6 months or so.

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    This has been around for years and years. Not ture at all, and wasting your time doing it. I find it hard to belive that about your friends leo, sorry but i do. I can see if a super got lose and ate his stomach from the outside, not the other way around.
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    Re: Mealworms?

    thats one less worry then :-) thanks everyone

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    Re: Mealworms?

    Acording to one petshop mealworms ate their way out of a gecko. I personally think the gecko died in the petshop and the meal worms at it. I think that is the best theroy on what really happens with these cases. Spikey is just over 7 inches and chews his mealies really good

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