So you own a reptile as a pet and often feed them with live insects like worms? Did you know that there are differences in specific worms fed to reptiles, such as meal worms and super worms? Certain types of reptiles cannot eat them, and there are restrictions to some reptilian diets.
What is the difference between meal worms and super worms?
They have many differences that set each one apart from the other. For breeding purposes, they are far easier to breed than the other type available. This is due to the size of the worms since super worms are a larger breed of the meal worm. The difference between them is that they have to be bred in separate containers so that the y can grow.
Though they can pitch a human hand, it is necessary to handle them with tongs or gloves. They do not, however affect or harm reptiles when they are fed. Typically they are also known as Kings which are mostly softer and easier to digest in the reptile. Both meal worms and super worms are high in protein, contain some fat and have calcium needed in a reptilian diet.
What types of reptiles eat Worms? corn snake pet
There are many types of amphibians and reptiles that have a worm diet. The kinds of amphibians include frogs and salamanders. Most all reptiles will eat them whether they are alive or dead. Certain reptiles include turtles, tortoises, leopard gecko, bearded dragons, lizards, chameleons and snakes to name a few.
There are however, certain reptiles that are strictly herbivores or reptiles that only eat fruits and vegetables. These reptiles, including the green iguana cannot eat insects or bugs at it will affect their internal organs causing malfunctions and even disease. It is important to know what diet restrictions apply to your reptile lest you feed them a meal worm that could harm them.
How often should they be fed to Pets?
The amount of worms fed to reptiles should be in moderation. The times for feeding your pet should vary with the type and species. They can be on a daily basis with lizards or on a weekly basis in order to fulfill nutrient needs. In addition to feeding meal worms and the larger breed, a varied nutritious diet is important. Occasionally, feeding insects like them to your reptile can be done at night, when they are active and most likely to want to eat them.