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    Default Mealworms VS Superworms

    Im thinking about switching to superworms since that is what my boy is use to eating..Im only use to mealworms so I wondered what the prob and cons where? Supers make me nervous too lol but willing to switch if it was worth it. Ive heard of supers biting before and wondered what everyones opinions of this was? ive never had a issue of mealworms biting. Any info would be greatly appreciated
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    Off the top of my head, my opinion, based solely on the comparison of the two:

    Mealworms - Pros - easy to breed, don't bite, inexpensive, can feed the larva and
    beetles to reptiles for additional variety
    - Cons - even large size (i.e. giant/king mealworms) don't get very large
    compared to superworms, therefore often need to feed more to fill your
    gecko, not as meaty compared to superworms , don't move around much
    if left in a bowl (and this is important if your gecko won't eat
    dead/unmoving prey), pupate rather quickly

    Superworms - Pros - available in a wide variety of sizes, very mobile, can feed less as
    they're more filling
    Cons - large ones can bite, they emit an oily substance that is a deterrent
    to some reptiles, take longer to breed, are a bit more expensive than
    mealworms

    If you're worried about the biting, some people choose to crush their heads prior to feeding, and others just ensure the head end is bitten first so it's killed relatively quickly.

    In the end, I believe it's all a matter of personal preference. Both can be nutritious additions to the diet if properly gutloaded and dusted, and both are readily accepted by many geckos.
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    i feed both mealies and supers and i have never had anything bad happen. stated above from cassie i agree with 100%. i breed mealies because their easier to breed but i still purchase supers in large quanities and just keep them in wheat bran to feed out of as a extra variety.

    i also like feeding larger prey items i feel their beefier for the animal.

    so to answer your question i have used both with no problems so i guess it comes down to your animals preference.

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    Hmm.. I just ordered 1000 mealies in hopes to breed them.. I may have to buy some supers as well to try too.
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    a thousand mealies is a perfect number to start with. it can be a little difficult to keep up with once the colony really takes off. so remember keep them clean and with fresh substrate.

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