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The Banana
24th February 2011, 01:57
Just curious.. how stable are blackworms for an axies diet?
Should/could they be regularly? I'm thinking I might start to culture them.. but I wouldn't want to do this if they aren't the best meal for them/or just a treat.

Thanks.. oh and I read this on the wonderful Caudata Culture. :D

Live Black Worms (Lumbriculus variegatus) Rating Excellent Advantages Nutritious
Readily accepted by smaller, aquatic caudates
Will not transform into insects Disadvantages Not for larger or terrestrial caudates Varieties N.A. Availability
Some pet stores (USA and Australia)
Not commonly available in Europe
In bulk by mail/Internet

Kaysie
24th February 2011, 02:05
Blackworms are as nutritious as earthworms, but they're nigh on impossible to culture.

Jennewt
24th February 2011, 02:20
Blackworms are a bit small for an adult axie. You'd do better to find a source of earthworms.

The nutritional measures I've seen have rated blackworms rather poor in terms of calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. But then again, I know of many salamander larvae raised exclusively on blackworms and they've done well.

The Banana
24th February 2011, 02:29
Thank you for your comment Kaysie. That is great to hear about their nutritional value, but culturing could prove difficult then.

Thanks for your input Jennewt (haha.. just got your username.. nice). I'm looking for a sorce of earthworms since I seem to have used them all up in the garden. I have some younger axies, along with TONS of fish - so I think it may be OK. Hmmm... thanks again. :)