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 Post subject: Mealworms
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:42 am 
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So When I Got My Beardies Nearly 2 Week Ago Now, the previous owner Told Me They Like Mealworms And That Is What He Had Been Feeding Them, i have A Female Which Is 2, one female Which Is 18 Month And A Male Around The Same Age. I Have Been Feeding them a Mixture Between Mealworms And Cabbage, im just Wondering How Safe The Mealworms Are, ive read A Bunch Of People Complaining about How Mealworms Have Hard Exoskeletons and may Cause Impaction, also something About Mealworms Not Dieing As They Are Ate, my beardies Seem To Munch the Mealworms nice and Easily But I Would Just Like To Know Maybe A Few Peoples Oppinions Of Mealworms, my beardies Seem To Love Them But How Safe are They For My Beardies But Also How Safe Would They Be For younger, smaller dragons?


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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:39 am 
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OK - urban myth that they eat their way out of the stomach! As a treat they're not bad for dragons but as a full time diet they're not recommended as they're fattening and can cause fatty liver disease. As a basic food roaches are best but you can vary their diet using roaches, crix, locusts, calciworms, etc. All are also acceptable for small dragons you just need to check the size - as a guide the space between a young dragon's eyes gives you the approximate size of live food suitable for them. With veg check this list http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html - cabbage is not the best for them but this should help.

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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:47 am 
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Ill Be Getting A Different type Of Veg Then And Like Tou Say I May Try To Vary insects For A More Mixed Diet, i thought That Living Mealworms Sounded a Bit Silly But Its More the Exoskeletons with impaction I Was Worried about, is this Also A Myth


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 Post subject: Re: Mealworms
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:39 am 
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It's a possibility with young dragons but the adults quite happily chew through roaches and they also have a hard covering and don't have any problems. In fact the shell on the roaches also helps keep teeth clean and gums healthy.


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