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The Proof is in the Doody!

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Default The Proof is in the Doody!

Undeniable proof that Waxworms can be hard to digest. I've found several instances of scat from my Tiger Salamander having a whole or nearly whole Waxworm in it. No worries! She's on earthworms now. ^^

Waxworms may still be appropriate for other critters, with more potent digestive systems, but it seems for most critters that don't actually chew, the caterpillars remain fairly whole.
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I have never seen a wax worm pass though any of my salamanders like that before.



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Default Re: The Proof is in the Doody!

When feeding waxworms to caudates I always cut them open first in order to make digestion easier. As written in numerous places they should never be used as a staple diet anyway but make a great treat when fed sparingly. I also use them to fatten up emaciated imports (lizards and salamanders).
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I have never seen a wax worm pass though any of my salamanders like that before.
Ditto this....


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Default Re: The Proof is in the Doody!

I nearly lost a salamander because of wax worms. I only feed the lesser variety now.

Waxworms causing problems?



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Default Re: The Proof is in the Doody!

Hi,

The crickets are very bad right now, they are affected by a disease that gets under their exoskeleton and kills them. I have fire bellied toads and had to resort to buying them mealworms to eat instead. I was just wondering what i should feed the mealworms to keep them alive.

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Default Re: The Proof is in the Doody!

All you need to keep your mealworms happy is some oatmeat or qucik oats or a combimation of the 2 you can keep them in a kritter keeper with the oats as substrate and just put the occasinal apple orangne or even potato slice for moisture and to add nutriaents. If they dont have enoug moisture they will bite there tank mates and suck the water from them until they die, if they pupate dont worry they will still move enough to produce a feeding response and are actualy much plumper and a fovorite treat for my beardy, I might also suggest isopods also known as wood lice they are a great calcium source and another recently discovered favorite.



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