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superworms?

Postby Donna » Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:14 pm

Curious as to wether sfs can have super worms (large mealworms)?

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Re: superworms?

Postby Peeves » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:25 pm

I would assume those are safe since they can eat wax worms, In fact my piyo ate a superworm before and no ill effects. He ate the head and tail but only the insides. I think he figured that the outer harder casing of the superworm was meant to be stripped first before eaten. It was kinda gross to watch and I felt bad for the superworm. It was still writhing with its head and tail gone...

*edit* I figured that if they are safe for my bearded dragon it should be ok for a flying squirrel. So far piyo has only had one superworm. He gets to try new foods as often as he likes.
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Re: superworms?

Postby Joan » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:56 pm

Donna wrote:Curious as to wether sfs can have super worms (large mealworms)?


Yes: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5387&p=47346&hilit=superworms#p47346

Avoid Giant Mealworms as they are treated with a growth hormone that stops them from turning into the adult beetle. This hormone causes the worms to grow to two to three times their normal size. We do NOT recommend that you use Giant Mealworms to feed your flyer, but they are great for fishing bait.
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Re: superworms?

Postby Peeves » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:59 am

Ok from what I understand there seems to be a mix up.

Superworms are SAFE to eat. They do not have growth hormones and they DO turn into beetles.

Giant mealworms (which are not superworms) have the growth hormones and are not safe to eat.

They are two different kinds of worms.

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Postby Joan » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:21 am

[quote="Peeves"]... Superworms are SAFE to eat.

Yes

Giant mealworms (which are not superworms) have the growth hormones and are not safe to eat.

Correct

They are two different kinds of worms.

Same worm, one treated with growth hormones. Giant mealworms are used usually as fish bait.
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Re: superworms?

Postby Peeves » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:08 pm

Superworms are a different species than mealworms. Giant mealworms are just bigger mealworms. Suuperworms are also more nutritious and softer than mealworms.

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Postby immatater » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:48 pm

A helpful link with pics. ;) Its for lizards but the same concept applies ;)


http://www.chameleonsdish.com/insects/wormdiff.htm

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Postby Joan » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:04 pm

Thanks for the info Peeves & immatater. It looks like the giant mealworms are fed the hormones and should be avoided.
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Re: superworms?

Postby Peeves » Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:24 pm

Yeap yeap thanks immatater

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Re: superworms?

Postby Donna » Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:29 pm

How many worms can they have a day or should they have a day?

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Postby Joan » Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:30 am

Mine free range on worms as I keep a small mealworm farm in the cage.
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Postby immatater » Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:56 pm

Mealworm farm? Sounds interesting.. how does that work and what happens when they change into beetles? Or do they not get to make it that far? LOL!

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Postby Joan » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:44 pm

immatater wrote:Mealworm farm? Sounds interesting.. how does that work and what happens when they change into beetles? Or do they not get to make it that far? LOL!


It doesn't usually get as far as beetles. I have a plastic crock http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/p ... catid=7701 attached to the inside of the cage. I empty the mealworms (along with their meal) into it. When I remove old veggies and such, I dump it in for the mealworms to eat.
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Re: superworms?

Postby immatater » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:51 pm

Oooh, I use those same bowls for my bunnies. :D I should give that a try. Hubby might have a fit though; he's always up in arms over my crickets. ;) I can only imagine worms! :twisted:


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