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Posted by ALanolis on April 05, 2003 at 20:33:03:
In Reply to: Re: ? for anolis posted by josh06 on April 05, 2003 at 13:15:20:
:i hope that you are referring to mealworms as crap in an anole perspective. Mealworms can be fed as a staple for certain lizards.
Nope, pretty much from a general perspective. Mealworms really are poor feeders. Their cons out number their benefits.
"Mealworms are commonly used as a food item, however their chitinous exoskeleton may effect their overall digestibility. This problem can be minimized by only feeding recently molted, white, soft worms. Within about 24 hours the chitinous exoskeleton hardens and darkens. Note that the ratio of calcium (0.1) to phosphorous(0.2) is grossly out of balance with respect to the requirements for normal growth and maintenance of bone matrix. Therefore mealworms remain an inadequate sole diet for insectivorous reptiles." - Bruce A. Bogoslavsky D.V.M.