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Posted by ALanolis on April 04, 2003 at 18:59:26:
In Reply to: ? for anolis posted by rowad on April 04, 2003 at 15:26:29:
:why starved wax worms? I feed wax worms sometimes....but not starved...is this somehow better?
Wax worms are very nutritious. More so than mealworms (actually, mealworms are crap, to put it lightly), and in some ways they're better than crickets. Their downfall is that they're 73% fat! This makes them a poor addition to the staple diet. But that is a shame, you're sacrificing a nutritional insect for lesser ones, just because they're too fat. Well, many people have reported success with "starving off the fat" with their waxworms. They get healthy stocks from reliable places online, in bulk, and keep them warm and awake for as long as possible on a fat free nutritious diet.
:I have the opposite problem...I can't get my herps to eat mealworms at all...the anoles will not eat the silkworms, I think they move too slow. Butterworms they eat, as well as crickets.
If you ask me, it's good that they won't eat mealworms, they don't need 'em! LOL, but it's a shame that they won't eat silkworms. Silkworms are a good addition. Their slow movements are a downside. But several in a small dish usually attracts some attention. Butterworms have a natural aroma that reptiles can't seem to resist. And though they are rich in calcium, butter worms are also fatty like waxworms. So if you cannot starve the fat off of them, they cannot be part of the staple diet .