Superworms- How to Keep These Staple for Your Reptiles Alive

Superworms are larvae of the beetle Zophobas morio, a species of darkling beetle. Known as superworms, these larvae are inexpensive, easy to house, and make a great treat for your pet reptile, amphibian, or bird

How to feed your pets superworm

Superworms are simple to feed to birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most animals will not swallow adult beetles due to an unpleasant chemical they produce when threatened. Simply remove the superworm from the bedding and provide it to your animal. Contrary to popular perception, superworms do not consume animals from the inside out. Superworms are scavengers, therefore they will feed on dead animals; it is easy to see where this urban legend originated.

If providing superworms as a treat, you should tong-feed them to your pet or place them in a dish or bowl from which they cannot escape. It may be difficult (if not impossible!) for your pet to locate superworms after they have burrowed. Using a high-quality vitamin/mineral supplement as a dusting agent is always a good idea.

Superworms have a chitinous exoskeleton, which makes digestion rather difficult. Therefore, do not frequently feed your pet superworms! A few superworms 2-3 times a week is optimal.

How to keep your superworm alive longer? 

The bulk of one thousand superworms can be stored in a large plastic container with air openings at the top. As bedding and food source, you should cover the superworms with a thick layer of wheat middling, oatmeal, or Fluker’s mealworm bedding.

Superworms are quite simple to care for; simply maintain them at normal temperature. Place potato pieces over top for moisture.

Refrigerate the superworms at NO TIME. Contrary to other feeding insects, chilling superworms does not induce hibernation.

Keeping superworm alive in a gecko enclosure

Can I give my gecko superworms to eat? Superworms are an excellent addition to the diet of your gecko. Prior to giving the worms to your gecko, it is preferable if you can let the worms to load their stomachs. It is a good idea to incorporate wax worms into a staple diet. However it is not ideal to keep your worms inside a gecko’s enclosure for extended periods of time, for it may harm or bite your lizard. 

The most ideal set-up in keeping superworms alive in a leopard gecko enclosure is to have a food dish that the worms could not climb. Secondly do not put too many superworms in the food dish, have enough worms for your geckos to eat in a day. This would ensure efficient feeding, avoiding the death of the worms. Also, this would be ideal to avoid superworms from biting or harming your leopard gecko.