Don’t make the mistake of feeding your bearded dragon mealworms. Teenage to adult bearded dragons can be fed superworms among others. And hornworms, butterworms, and silkworms make fantastic treats for all ages!

Our team at Raising Bearded Dragons believe that while bearded dragon mealworms have been popular feeders for years, as the industry becomes more developed we are able to gain more research and understanding of needs for our dragons. After talking with the industry’s most respected and reputable veterinarians, breeders and specialists we have learned that bearded dragon mealworms are essentially empty calories.

Additionally, they have hard outer shells, making them difficult to digest for young beardies. It is NOT WORTH it to put your bearded dragon’s health in danger.

Alternatives to bearded dragon mealworms

#1 Phoenix/Repti Worms – These are Black Soldier Fly larvae and despite their small size, they are packed with beneficial calcium. They’re also soft-shelled, which makes them wonderful worms for baby dragons! They TRUMP bearded dragon mealworms in terms of quality and safety! You can buy these at most reptile stores or online: Large Phoenix Worms

#2 Silk Worms – High in protein and low in fat, these are enticing worms that most dragons love! They also help clean teeth. When feeding your baby-juvenile dragon any sort of animal matter, ensure that the length of its body does not exceed the width between their eyes. Appropriately sized silk worms made a great treat or staple feeder! JurassiDiet – EasiSilkworm, 35 g / 1.2 oz

#3 Hornworms – Unlike the bearded dragon mealworms which are used as a staple, hornworms are best when given as a treat. Dragon’s DEVOUR these vibrant green worms! They have the nutritional equivalent of about 20 crickets yet are quite fatty. The fun part about keeping them is that they can grow up to 4” long! Find them here…12 Live Hornworms

#4 Superworms – These are a popular choice for both bearded dragons and their keepers, as they’re visually stimulating and easy to keep. Do not feed these to dragons under 16” because they’re simply too big and the hard shell can be difficult to digest. Be careful not to feed more than 10-15 worms a day (which is still a lot!) as doing so poses an impaction risk! They are also fairly fatty and you don’t want your dragon to be obese 1000 Live Superworms


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