Ok, everybody has an opinion on feeding mealworms and superworms. Some say that mealworms can eat the animal from the inside out. My brother swears to it, I don't buy it.
BUT, what about superworms ?
I didn't think anything about this until my box turtle was eating supers the other day and saw one that he had bitten completely in two run about 4 feet before he caught it. And then (this is the sick part) I found a head. Nothing but the face and the mandibles left, there was nothing left of the worm, but the mandibles were still biting. I timed this for over 20 minutes and the mandibles never stopped chewing. So, is it possible that these worms could still be chewing inside of the animal ? I certainly hope not, considering the number of superworms I feed my animals, what is everybody elses opinion ?
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-Ryan
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Ok, everybody has an opinion on feeding mealworms and superworms. Some say that mealworms can eat the animal from the ... ? I certainly hope not, considering the number of superworms I feed my animals, what is everybody elses opinion ?

Yes, I've noticed that too with superworms. My beardies eat quite a few of them and have never had a problem as yet . However, I try not to let them wolf them down when they're hungry, just in case, and feed them mixed in with salad, or after they've had their fill of crickets first.

I wonder what other people think too!
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
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Ok, everybody has an opinion on feeding mealworms and superworms. ... I feed my animals, what is everybody elses opinion ?

Yes, I've noticed that too with superworms. My beardies eat quite a few of them and have never had a ... mixed in with salad, or after they've had their fill of crickets first. I wonder what other people think too!

I think my White's tree frog died because a superworm damaged its stomach lining, then after its body was dead the worm chewed its way out. I found the frog dead with a hole in his side and a superworm chewing at the edges of the hole. People have given me reason to believe that I exaggerated that in my mind, which is entirely possible. I will never know for sure. I now crush the mandibles with my tongs before feeding them.

fr0glet
I think my White's tree frog died because a superworm damaged its stomach lining, then after its body was dead ... is entirely possible. I will never know for sure. I now crush the mandibles with my tongs before feeding them.

I'm not sure about meal/superworms but I do know that crickets will feed on a dead animal. I've seen this happen twice now, once with a baby beardie i lost and the second time with one of the geckos. Both times they'd gone for the head, chewing through the eye socket into the brain! I've never had a cricket chew on a live animal though.
I guess there's a strong possibility that the superworm could have caused your frogs death. I think I'll start crushing their heads too before feeding, especially to my horned frog. Which reminds me, there's something I wanted to ask you about him but I'll start a new thread for it.
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Ok, everybody has an opinion on feeding mealworms and superworms. Some say that mealworms can eat the animal from the inside out. My brother swears to it, I don't buy it.

Well, froglet's account would be the first time I've ever heard of it happening, though there've been vague rumors floating around for a good while. In any case, when I was using superworms I didn't worry about it and didn't have problems. Now I'm just using mealworms (because I've got lizards too small to eat supers, and I don't want to bother keeping both), and, likewise, haven't worried about it and haven't had a problem. Both superworms and mealworms can cause regurgitation if an animal eats too many of them, though.
Patrick Alexander
I will never know for sure. I now
crush the mandibles with my tongs before feeding them. fr0glet

Good answer Froglet!
I will start doing the same after watching that sucker chew for 20 straight minutes! I have never seen the same thing with mealworms, but that was just creepy. I know he couldn't have been living for twenty minutes with nothing but a face and a mouth, so I figure that even if the stomach acids killed him, theres still the possibility of doing damage to the reptile.
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I'm not sure about meal/superworms but I do know that crickets will feedon a dead animal.snip Chloe "It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."

Yes, mealworms will eat dead things. I raise my own and the worms will eat the dead adult beetles. Very common to find a carapace that has been cleaned out by the worms.
Chad T.
Yes, I've noticed that too with superworms. My beardies eat quite a few of them and have never had a ... in with salad, or after they've had their fill of crickets first. I wonder what other people think too! Chloe

If I'm feeding them to a large animal that chews its food, I leave them whole. If I'm feeding one to a smaller animal, I crush the head or cut it in half. *Just In Case,* although Pete says this is an old wive's tale.

I miss Pete.
Cindy
Ok, everybody has an opinion on feeding mealworms and superworms. Some say that mealworms can eat the animal from the ... certainly hope not, considering the number of superworms I feed my animals, what is everybody elses opinion ? ? -Ryan

Hi Ryan,
Considering the conflicting opinions (and rumours) on this subject, not to mention your own observations, wouldn't it be wiser to take the safer course and find some other kind of food for your herps? That's what I'd do. I'm no expert (so feel free to disagree), but it seems to me it's not worth the potential risk to your pet.
Joe
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