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How to keep superworms?

This is a discussion on How to keep superworms? within the Waxworms, Mealworms, Maggots, etc forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; I have just received an order of crickets, mealworms, waxworms and superworms, I ordered this in bulk mostly for my ...

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Old 25th June 2009   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to keep superworms?

I have just received an order of crickets, mealworms, waxworms and superworms, I ordered this in bulk mostly for my reptiles.

I have no idea how to house the superworms, they came in a cardboard box with pieces of egg crate. The crickets and other worms had a cool pack in their box but the superworms didn't so I'd assume they don't need to be refrigerated, other than that I am unsure whether to put them in a plastic shoebox container with oats like I do my mealworms or if there is a specific way to keep them. I have browsed the internet without much success.

Any help will be appreciated.
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You don't want to refrigerate them. They're a tropical insect larvae so the fridge will kill them. As for what to house them in you'll certainly want to put them in plastic. When I worked at Petco the scary things would chew through the plastic tubs to escape by widening the tiny, tiny air holes... Superworms creep me out. I found this article on breeding them but it also has details on simple housing.
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Great, thanks for that link and info, very useful!!!
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Default Re: How to keep superworms?

I buy them in the tall petco tubs and keep them in there. There is a large gap between the substrate and the lid so the can't reach it to widen the holes.
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Default Re: How to keep superworms?

I always used glass one gallon pickle jars myself. The metal lids keep gnawing escapes down to nil.
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I had a few get loose in my basements and eat holes through my jeans that were on the floor waiting to get washed. They eat anything
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Default Re: How to keep superworms?

I put mine in a plastic shoebox container, what kind of substrate should I use?
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I use a mixture of cornmeal and quick oats as a substrate.
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