Live Mealworms – Nutritious Live Food for the Health of your Vivarium Pets
More vivarium pet owners understand the benefits of feeding live mealworms, and other live food to their pets. The amount of nutrition provided by live foods cannot be disputed. The importance of giving your vivarium pets’ food that is closest to what they find in the wild is always the best. Live mealworms are just the type of food they need.
Recommended for reptiles, amphibians, and other vivarium pets, live mealworms are a rich source of protein. Not only are they popular with pet owners, chefs in many countries also serve them up for their customers. Amazingly, children are the first to take a liking to the flavor. Adults need a little coaxing, but once most adults taste naturally raised live mealworms, grasshoppers and other insects, most like the taste, too!
You can find live mealworms at your local pet stores, and live food supply stores. Not only can you pick them up there, they can also be sent mail order through many online pet supply companies. Once they are in your home, they will keep for a few weeks if you keep them stored in a cool space. If they are refrigerated, they can be kept for a month, or two.
Another thing many pet owners like is that live mealworms are odorless, and a very cheap and clean meal source for your vivarium pets.
Some Vivarium Pets That Enjoy Live Mealworms
• Bearded Dragons – It is better not to feed live mealworms to bearded dragons everyday, because mealworms hard skin can be difficult for them to digest. Remember, size is always a factor when feeding Bearded Dragons.
Food should never be larger than the space that is between their eyes to avoid impaction. Impaction is when food has difficulty moving through the digestive system, and it slows your Bearded Dragon down, and can show signs of paralysis in the legs, and can eventually lead to death.
• Chameleons – Live mealworms are a great source of protein for your chameleons. They are good for your chameleons diet, but you should not feed them too many. It’s suggested that they eat mealworms no more than once a week.
• Leopard Geckos – Live mealworms are a staple diet for Leopard Geckos. Make sure your mealworms are dusted with calcium and vitamin powder before feeding. It’s also best if the mealworms are first gut loaded.
• Frogs – Many types of frogs enjoy eating live mealworms. A good way to feed your frog is to hold the mealworms lightly with tweezers, or use something else to pick them up with. Try dangling one in front of your frog’s face. If your frog sees the mealworm moving around, it will eat it. Frogs mostly like movement from the food they eat. Your frogs might also eat live mealworms if they are placed somewhere in your vivarium. As long as they are moving, frogs find them interesting enough to eat.
• Skinks – For the most part, you can feed most skinks until they are full. Many enjoy eating live mealworms, and you will have to experiment to find out how many they can usually eat each meal.
Live mealworms are a filling and staple food for many vivarium pets. They like them most, because they wiggle around a lot, and it gets their attention. Just remember to find a feeding size that is appropriate for your pet.