Mealworm Info

Livefood Care : Mealworms

Mealworms are the larvae of a small species of darkling beetle (Tenebrio molitor) which grow to a length of approximately 25mm before pupating and later hatching as the adult beetle.

While rich in both proteins and lipids (fats), mealworms have an indigestible exoskeleton (outer shell) which makes them difficult for some insectivores to digest.

There have been a small number of reports of mealworms eating their way out of pet amphibians, however it is unclear given the very small number of cases and lack of information available whether the mealworms did in fact "burrow" out of the animal causing its death, or into the animal following its death. In nature mealworms are scavengers, and a dead amphibian would therefore offer an attractive food source.

To prevent any risk of mealworms harming your pet, you may choose to remove the heads prior to feeding. This can be done with a sharp knife or the edge of a coin (probably safer) and will leave the mealworm wriggling for some time afterwards.

Feeding Mealworms

Please refer to gutloading section.

Heating and Humidity

Room temperature is adequate. Lower temperatures wil slow development, so may be beneficial for a longer shelf life and if you do not wish the mealworms to pupate.

Mealwormds should be kept dry. If keeping mealworms for an extended period (over a week), small amounts of fresh fruit or vegetable matter may be added as a source of moisture, though care should be taken to remove any uneaten portion.

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