Feeding Waxworms to Bearded dragons

Feeding waxworms to Bearded dragons
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Waxworms are the larvae of one of the two related wax moth species, the Lesser moth (Achroia grisella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). Wax moths are pests of bee hives used for honey production, but makes great foodstuffs for pet Bearded dragons.

Waxworms are soft-bodies larvae and grows to about 2.5 cm / 1 ” in length. In some countries they are readily available from breeders and specialised pet shops. Due to their size they can be fed to most sizes of Bearded dragons.

Waxworms are one of the favourites among pet Bearded dragons, but is also very high fat (ca. 20 – 22% fat and 16% protein), which limits their use as staple diet. Overfeeding can cause obesity in adult Bearded dragons and growing problems in youngsters. While feeding Waxworms, more balanced foods such as crickets and cockroaches should make up the bulk of a Bearded dragon’s food.

Although high in calcium, Waxworms have a poor calcium to phosphorus ratio (1:7) and should be offered in a shallow escape proof dish with suitable calcium supplementation.

As larvae, Waxworms do not eat any nutrition and will be suitable for feeding for about a month when kept at room temperatures. They are however sensitive to moisture and dark larvae should be discarded.

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Renier has a keen interest in the welfare of pet reptiles. He has been keeping and treating Leopard geckos for many years and has written various forms of literature on them and other fascinating reptiles.

Renier Delport is also the author of The Advanced Bearded Dragon Manual and other Bearded dragon related eBooks.