Tips for Raising Healthy Feeder Mealworms

18th Dec 2019

What lizard wouldn’t want a plump, juicy mealworm to snack on? After all, it says “meal” right in the name! These insects make for a nutritious snack, and they are a great meal option for your scaled reptile friends. The best part is that they are odorless and clean, making them a popular choice among lizard owners. These feeder insects are relatively easy to care for if you follow a few simple suggestions that make it a breeze.

As you will see, when it comes to mealworms, the choice is yours!

To Grow or Not to Grow?

It is your choice as to whether you want your mealworms to be big or small. If the temperature is warm, they will continue to grow to a large size. If you keep it chilly, the mealworms go into a dormant state and they don’t grow. They can remain in the cold (48-53 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2-3 weeks.

To Feed or Not to Feed?

This one is simple. If you are keeping your worms cool to help them stay a smaller size, you won’t need to feed them because they are dormant anyways. If you are keeping them warm so they grow faster, you want to feed them wheat bran or whole oats. They also like to nibble on carrots or potatoes sliced like coins.

To Substrate or Not to Substrate?

Okay, that one isn’t as catchy, but it’s your choice. You can choose to lay down a layer of substrate on the floor of their enclosure, or you can put them in a plastic container with an egg carton at the bottom. Either way is totally acceptable for your mealworms. Our wheat bran is not only nutritious food for your mealworms but also perfect substrate.

Looking to grab some mealworms for your favorite reptile, dragon, or lizard? ABDragons has mealworms of all sizes and everything you need to go with them. If you are looking to provide your little friend with a mealworm buffet, buy today!

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