If you've recently started keeping superworms as pets, you may be wondering how to properly care for them. Superworms, also known as kingworms or zophobas, are popular as feeders for reptiles and other insectivorous pets, but can also make interesting pets in their own right. Here's a care sheet for superworms to help you ensure that your pets are healthy and happy.
Superworms should be kept in a plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid. The container should be at least 6 inches deep to allow the superworms to burrow. You can use a variety of substrates such as wheat bran, oatmeal, or cornmeal. It's important to keep the substrate dry, as superworms can become sick if they're kept in a damp environment. Provide a hiding spot for your superworms, such as a small cardboard box or a piece of bark.
Temperature and Lighting:
Superworms should be kept at a temperature between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not require additional lighting since they are not photosynthetic.
Superworms can be fed a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Apples, carrots, potatoes, and oats are all good options. You can also purchase commercial feed for your superworms. It's also important to make sure they have a source of water. This can be water cubes, fruits, or vegetables.
Superworms can be handled, but it's important to be gentle. You can use a spoon or tweezers to pick them up. Avoid holding them by the head, as this can damage their mouthparts. Superworms can also be easily damaged if dropped, so handle them with care.
Superworms can be bred in captivity by providing them with a deep substrate and fresh fruits and vegetables. The larvae will pupate and emerge as adult beetles. The beetles will mate and lay eggs, which will hatch into larvae. If you plan to breed superworms, make sure you have a plan for what to do with the excess larvae and beetles.
Healthy superworms should be active, with a shiny exoskeleton. They should not have a foul odor, be discolored, or have visible signs of damage. If you notice any of these signs, it may be an indication that your superworms are sick or stressed. In this case, it's important to remove the affected superworms and take steps to address the underlying issue.
By following these care tips, you can ensure that your superworms are healthy and happy. Remember to keep their environment clean and dry, provide a variety of foods, and handle them gently. With proper care, superworms can be fascinating pets or nutritious feeders for your other pets.
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