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    Superworms As a Staple

    Lately I have been feeding my dragon mealworms and superworms as a staple. He has become disinterested in crickets since he has been eating them primarily for about 8 months. He is loving the worms though and I do dust them. What is a good amount to feed him each day? I usually give him as many as he will eat, when he loses interest I stop.






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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    Well, how big is he compared to the worms? I normally feed my pets (except for my snake) 25-50% their abdomen size, so for my frog, I go 4 crickets, and my sxolotls, i normally give them 4-6 rosie reds depending on the fish size. And I only feed them twice a week. Snake gets 2 fat slugs a week.

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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    The dragon is about a foot or so and the worms are giant meal worms an superworms, so they are around 1 5/8" long.

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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    You can also try earthworms and cockroaches - my dragon goes gaga over them.
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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    4-6 of each seems fine, but i wouldn't feed him daily, and don't dust them for every feeding either (you didn't say you were, I'm just pointing it out). If he pukes, feed him less, if he seems sickly or thin, feed him more. Occasional over/underfeeding won't hurt him permanently, as long as you don't over/under-do it. I definitely suggest roaches though, and earthworms are fun too, free if you can catch them as well
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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    Feeding insects from outside is never a good idea. You have no way of knowing what sort of nasty stuff that they have been exposed to.
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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    I did allot of research on the super worms and they are not the best source of food. Low calcium and high fat content. I told my vet on Saturday that my dragons only wants to eat super worms, nothing else interest them!

    He said it is fine but I should start breeding the worms because the small worms is much more nutritious and their fat content is lower. He also mentioned a very important fact, he told me to buy a scale and weigh my reptiles, snakes included, at least once a week. They grow for the rest of their lives and therefore they should NEVER loose weight. He said that the moment that they loose weight then you know something is seriously wrong.

    I feed my dragons as much as they want. Only right in the beginning when they first taste the super worms they might over eat because they are sooo delicious. After that they only eat what they need.

    Scale down on the mealworms, they are very hard to digest.

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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    Meal worms aren't hard to digest as long as you keep the temps where they should be.
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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    Nothing wrong with difference of opinion, I am just saying what our herp-vet said. I'm rather safe than sorry.

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    Re: Superworms As a Staple

    Earthworms provide a lot of calcium so if you can I would feed them to your dragon. Keep in mind you can buy them online and get them at various stores.

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