Jul 6, 2023
Mealworms are excellent sources of protein for your pets – even your Venus fly trap! Feeding your birds, iguana, bearded dragons, and snakes live mealworms is great. Unfortunately, live feed needs a lot of care and can also turn into beetles! So, the next best thing to do is give them freeze-dried mealworms so you can concentrate on feeding them instead of food upkeep. Here are a couple of brands that you can choose from.
Aqua Culture’s freeze-dried mealworms are created as natural treats for your pet bird, fish, lizard, turtle, or any reptile. It comes in a resealable bottle and doesn’t need refrigeration, even opened.
A 1.6 oz bottle contains only 100% freeze-dried mealworms and costs $5.17-$6.40. Price and shipping vary from where you can buy them. So far, we can see the brand in Walmart and friendsnippets.com.
You only have to note that the food is high in protein but low in calcium. If you need to feed this to your reptiles and birds that need calcium supplements, put a light dusting of calcium powder before feeding.
Those who tried Aquatic Culture freeze-dried mealworms say they’re good for their pets. One said their bearded dragon loves live mealworms. But these freeze-dried version worked in a pinch when the pet store ran out of them. Another said his three turtles loved them so much that they became a staple. One thing, though, is that a musk turtle didn’t fare well with the freeze-dried food. So, the owner had to switch back to the previous turtle food to get her pet to gain back his energy.
This brand of freeze-dried mealworms is another well-known brand of pet food. Fluker’s Farm has been in the industry of breeding feeder insects for over 50 years. This product is among the hundreds they created under those years of extensive experience.
They made sure that the freeze-dried pet food have essential amino acids and protein. As a result, they add diversity to your aquatic frogs, birds, fish, and hedgehog’s diet. Most importantly, it cuts down the tediousness of keeping live prey.
Depending on where you get them, the Fluker’s freeze-dried mealworms will cost you $8.99-$13.00 for a 1.7oz bottle. There’s also a 6.8 oz bottle that can cost as much as $20.50. If you want to buy in bulk, you can get the 1-lb bag for $52.19. Where can you buy their freeze-dried mealworms? You can get them on Amazon, Chewey, Petco, and Pet Products.com.
Pet owners are happy with how the this brand of freeze-dried mealworms help their pets. One said the worms are of excellent quality, and her Syrian hamster can’t get enough of them. Another said her hedgehog enjoyed the treat, but her hamster couldn’t be bothered.
Yes, they are! Freeze-dried mealworms are good sources of protein for bearded dragons. Since they can eat live mealworms, they can eat freeze-dried mealworms.
However, it’s not advisable to make them a staple. They’re great for snacks or treats, but should not be the main component in a bearded dragon’s diet.
Leopard geckos can also benefit from freeze-dried mealworms. However, they require nutrition to keep them healthy and bright-colored. The best diet for them is live or at least freeze-dried insects that are gut loaded.
Make sure to read the label to see if the food you’re giving is gut loaded. If not, it’s okay if you use the freeze-dried pet food as a supplement or treat.
Yes, betta fish can eat freeze-dried mealworms. They need a good, balanced diet to keep their colors bright and their tails gorgeous. So, a diversified diet would benefit them in the long run. In addition, they’ll enjoy high-protein treats, which is what they’ll get with freeze-dried larvae.
You can substitute their pellet feeding with freeze-dried mealworms 1-2 days per week. Just keep in mind that companies design the pellet formula for betta fish to be your fish’s main diet. So give the freeze-dried mealworms as an occasional treat, and don’t make them their staple food.
Most who bought the freeze-dried larvae for their pets say it was a good decision. Their pets love having their freeze-dried treats, and there are even those who do tricks with them.
Will your pets love them? That would depend on your pet. Some pets who have a picky appetite would turn up their noses. Others would gladly eat them without hesitation.
What you need to watch out for is your pet’s nutrition. Make sure that you still give them the right food that they need. Reptiles most especially need that boost of calcium, depending on the breed.
What’s more, freeze-dried mealworms have hard exoskeletons. Sometimes, pets love them so much that they gobble them up. That’s why too much can cause gut impaction, which can be painful and uncomfortable for your pets. You give your pets time to pass them out by spacing the days between feedings.
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