mealworms have hard our casing(chitin i think) which is hard for babies to digest. i switched from crickets to pheonix worms as a staple. they are high enough in calcium you dont need any dusting. only have 3% more fat then crickets and more protein. i buy from pheonixworm.com i just weighed my guy and hes 49 grams! he was 4 grams when i got him early march. you will know when he eats greens, they will be scattered all over the place lol my baby nibbles on them since day 1. its hard to get quality answers at bd.org, from my own experience. any questions feel free to ask
There is the same argument for leopard geckos and the mealworms. People say the supers are better for them. I breed them, so I won't be running out anytime soon Cricket colony will be starting soon, though I'm currently paying a dollar for 20 so it's not killing the wallet right now. Though when this guy starts eating 20 per feeding, it will.
I'll take a look at the silk and pheonix worms. Roaches are next on my list too. Thanks guys!
He didn't want to eat this morning. I even let his cage warm up before offering him crickets. I read somewhere that you should let them warm up before the first feeding...not sure if that's true, but I had the time to do it.
He ate all three times yesterday though, and one feeding on Sunday when we got him home. I ended up not getting anymore pictures last night, but I did get a vid of my ball eating.
Originally Posted by jfreels
I was all over beardeddragons.org on Monday. I can't believe all the contradicting stuff I read vs what my nephew has read and what I learned from Reptiles Magazine.
I will be mounting a tube UVB in the tank soon I guess. I think a lot of the "hype" might just be from one person having a bad experience though. And I don't believe my beardie will die if I feed it mealworms. It will definitly not be a staple, but a few a week a believe won't kill it like some of those people say. I understand they can be over protective and why risk it, but whatev.
All my reptiles will get a checkup soon at the vet. I will get a good discount for bringing them all in at once so I am trying to coordinate that. I won't stress over the greens then, I just wanted to provide them just to see. My darklings will get the rest of the greens I'm sure
If you want, you can PM me with any questions you may have. I was a member for years on BD.org, along with owning them for years, so I know what contradicts what and such, and what is right and wrong from experiance SO many caresheets give different information, thats why so many beardies go neglected because some recommend sand and Meal worms, and the wrong types of UVB.
Dont forget to let him settle in, about a week or so of no touching. And Also, Warm the tank up a little before you feed, but more importantly make sure he has an hour of two of lights on after you feed him so he doesnt go to sleep with a full undigested cold stomach.
Come here little guy. You're awfully cute and fluffy but unfortunately for you, you're made of meat
Hi your setup looks good and he is a great looking little pooper.. I wouldn't worry about him being nippy babies tend to be all over the place as its a big scary world he will calm down after a while and some tlc... As for feeders you can also try horn worms as all my beardies go crazy for them. I would mainly stick with crickets as mealies tend to cause some problems for babies as they have a hard time digesting the chitin. Any questions feel free to ask...
He's still quite the little performer when I get him out. He will take mealworms from my hand though, when I get him out. Currently that's the only way he'll get them and I try to only do one or two every few days.
Now having had him for a few weeks, he's taken to carrots, he'll pick around the greens just for them. And he really seems to enjoy getting sprayed with the water bottle.