- Hi all!!
I'm a newbie here. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions in the
future, but right now I only have one. I just got a shipment of meal
worms to feed my anoles. I ordered the smallest ones. I'd like them
to breed so I have an endless suppy. Any tips?? I just can't bring
myself to store them in my fridge!!! I have them in a plastic shoe
box with a food source as a substrate and a piece of apple.
I guess I have two questions. Do I just put them on the floor of the
cage and the anole will find them??? Or should I put them in a food
dish or on something like a plastic lid??
- Hi Sue,
the first thing you should know is that meal worms are not the best food for
your anoles. They are fatty and have a poor calcium/phosphorous ratio.
They are not nearly as good for your anoles as crickets are. Raising them
is still not a bad idea though. It really takes no effort, and if your
cricket supply dries up for a week or two they are handy to have for a
back-up food supply.
The best substrate I've found is peat moss. They actually eat this stuff
faster than I've seen them eat anything. They will eat practically anything
that's edible, and the only moisture they get is from their food. No need
to water them in any way. Just give them a bit of fresh fruit or veggie,
and that is their moisture. Keep them out of the fridge if you want them to
eat-grow-breed. Keeping them in the fridge is meant to slow down their
metabolism so you don't have to feed them and so they don't start the
process to becoming a beetle.
It doesn't really matter what you keep them in, just make sure you have a
screen top or some sort of ventilation. The ammonia build up can get pretty
nasty without airflow. But without some sort of top the beetles can fly
out. They don't fly very often, I've only seen it once myself, but they do
have wings and they can fly in the mood strikes them.
Of course it's the beetles who do the actual breeding, and it does take
awhile before the new meal worms are large enough to do anything with. When
feeding to the anoles I use a clear plastic measuring scoop about 2 inches
tall. I leave some vitamin powder in the bottom, since it doesn't stick all
that well to the worm itself. This way the anole will at least get some in
the mouth when they grab the worm. It is a bad idea to let the meal worms
go free in your enclosure, since they will just burrow down into the
substrate. If you have a soil substrate you can easily end up with your
soil being over-run by meal worms and beetles.
Good luck, and if you have any other basic feeding questions, check out my
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2001 6:14 AM
Subject: [anole] meal worms
> Hi all!!
> I'm a newbie here. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions in the
> future, but right now I only have one. I just got a shipment of meal
> worms to feed my anoles. I ordered the smallest ones. I'd like them
> to breed so I have an endless suppy. Any tips?? I just can't bring
> myself to store them in my fridge!!! I have them in a plastic shoe
> box with a food source as a substrate and a piece of apple.
> I guess I have two questions. Do I just put them on the floor of the
> cage and the anole will find them??? Or should I put them in a food
> dish or on something like a plastic lid??
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