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Super worms in the tank

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by M0718, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. M0718

    M0718 New Member

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    hi was wondering if it’s ok just to put a handful of super worms in my tegus tank? He’s about 2 feet long his tank has about 8inchs of cypress multch, and other substrate. I just want to put them in there to give home something to do while I’m working
  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    A great idea to keep him busy. My concern is accidental ingestion of mulch, which could prove dangerous.
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  3. M0718

    M0718 New Member

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    Yeah maybe not a good idea then, maybe next tank clean I’ll stop useing cypress mulch and just go dirt and sand I just really hate the mess from it
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    Zyn Well-Known Member

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    How big is he might want to transition to whole prey like pinks and fuzzies isn’t much nutrition in super outside the first month or so

    Edit: yeah I think at 2 feet it’s time to move on from insects
  5. M0718

    M0718 New Member

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    He eats all that as well and then some , the worms were just going to be put in the tank for him to hunt and something to do well I’m at work.
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    bocacash Member 5 Year Member

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    One additional thing to consider...super worms eventually, if not eaten, turn into beetles ! In their case...something called a Darkling Beetle which does not smell good...AND has legs ! They can, and will, climb mesh, wire, wood and escape ! This may or may not be a problem for you.
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    Bram040 New Member

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    I was wondering if the worms or beetles could be dangerous for a tegu? Expecially a young one, like 30-45 cm.
    And how big is the chance that they will become a plague in your enclosure?
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    Rusty7486 New Member

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    I did this a couple of times with supers and dubias. Mine is unfortunately not the least bit interested in insects. Eventually they all died out. Didn't have any morph into beetles. The environment must not have been right or their pupa got eaten by other microfauna.

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