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Superworms are one of the heartiest sources of pet food for your gecko, bearded dragon, and any other beloved pet.  They provide excellent fat, fiber, and calcium, which makes them a perfect snack to supplement a healthy, green diet. 

They're typically anywhere between 1 inch to 2 inches, and almost as thick as a #2 pencil.  They're pretty active, and can grab the attention of any hungry pet.  They're naturally large, and aren't given growth hormones.  Their life span is about 1 year, from egg to beetle.  

They're often mistaken for mealworms, due to similar, yet larger, appearances.  However, they are the Zophobas morio species, which is in the darkling beetle family, making them a relative to the mealworm.

Superworm Maintenance

Maintenance is fairly simple.  Firstly, you'll want to make sure they always have a source of moisture.  This won't be a bowl of water, similar to crickets.  Instead, this will be some potato slices, or some carrots.  And keep an eye on their bedding material.  The superworms will eat the bedding material, which is great.  However, they excrete it into a sandy, fine dust.  This is their poop.  And just like anything, they can't live in it.  So make sure you change it out periodically.  

What are Superworms?

Superworms, also known as Zophobas morio is a species of the darkling beetle. The larvae of the darkling beetle is called a superworm.

Some people confuse the superworm with the mealworm, but they are two significantly different worms.

For one, superworms are much larger and rounder than mealworms. Their proteins, fats, calcium, and fiber levels are also a lot higher than those of mealworms, due to the hard chitin that superworms have. 

And mealworms aren't good feeders for bearded dragons, or leopard geckos.  And we actually recommend that you don't include mealworms in your leopard gecko's habitat or diet.  And the same rule applies for bearded dragon's habitats.  They're basically empty calories that offer zero nutritional value to your beloved bearded dragons.

These worms are normally between 1 inch to 2 inches in size, and its thickness is equivalent to a No. 2 pencil. Superworms are also 100 percent natural.  Unlike the giant mealworm, which are given growth hormones to make them unnaturally large in size.

Superworms can get a bit feisty when provoked. They have a strong jaw for biting, as well as a head spike in order to protect themselves and to scare off predators. So, make sure you are only placing superworms into your reptiles enclosure during its feeds. When it is not time to eat, remove all superworms from your pets enclosure.

These worms are extremely active, which makes it more enjoyable for your pet, especially if they like hunting.

What Will My Superworms Eat?

Superworms are not picky eaters, and will eat type of bran or oatmeal or cornmeal.  And you can actually use any of these materials as your bedding.  Just  lay them in about 1 to 4 inches of wheat bran or oats, and they'll easily consume it all for their benefit and your pets'.

Prior to feeding your reptiles (about 24 hours before), you should plan to gut-load your superworms. Gut-loading is when you feed them very high quality and nutritious foods in order to prepare the superworms for your reptile.

Make sure to keep them hydrated, as dehydration will cause the superworms to eat each other.  But they don't require a dish of water.  Nor do you need a syringe to feed them through their tiny mouths.  Instead, you can offer them fresh fruits or vegetables, and they will consume the moisture from them.

Foods suitable for moisture are:

Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Radish

Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches

Just make sure their container is being routinely maintained.  Any uneated foods should be removed, and replace with fresh ones.  Decaying food can attract unwanted bacteria and other critters.

And if you're not a fan of the fresh fruit or vegetables, water crystals are also available to keep the enclosure moisturized.  But water crystals won't gutload them vegetables or fruit.

How do you House a Superworm?

In order to completely satisfy your superworms, you must provide them with a suitable house.

Here are important steps in ensuring your superworms have the best home possible:

  • Step 1: Choose a container.

You can easily use a plastic container to house your superworms. These containers can be bought online or in stores. Another excellent container is an aquarium which can be purchased at any pet store.

Be sure that the container has smooth sides so that your superworms cannot escape. Trust me, they will try! Also, make sure the container is large enough to where there is a large amount of space even after the substrate has covered about 3 inches of the bottom of the container.

  • Step 2: Provide ventilation.

Superworms need ventilation in order to survive. A mesh lid would be an excellent source of ventilation.

  • Step 3: Add substrate.

Substrate refers to the material that goes on the bottom of the container. It is usually for both food and bedding for the worms that inhabit the area. In this case, it will be a source of food and bedding for your superworms.

You can use wheat bran, oats or nutritious gutload as substrate. Your superworms will love it!

Make sure to cover the bottom with enough substrate (3 to 4 inches high), to allow your superworms to burrow and wriggle around in the material.

Also, make sure the substrate you add is dry, as substrate that accumulates too much moisture can put your superworms in danger. It can eventually cause death.

Once you have your superworms home set up, you can now get to breeding your superworms! Read on to find out how to breed your superworms.

How Can I Breed Superworms?

If you enjoy feeding your reptile superworms, it is a great idea to breed your own. Continuously having to rebuy from stores can eventually become costly.

Remember that superworms have four stages of life:

  1. Egg
  2. Larvae
  3. Pupae
  4. Beetle

Only beetles are capable of reproducing superworms.

Here are the steps on how to breed superworms:

Step 1: Choose the largest superworms in the group and place each superworm into an empty 35mm film container. If those aren’t available, you can also use:

  • Bead boxes (used for crafts)
  • Baby food jars
  • Small bottles

Step 2: Place the superworm into the container. Do not give it any food or water.

If you add water to the container, the superworm will take longer to pupate. This is why you need to make sure you choose the largest larvae available, to lessen the amount of deaths due to no food or water.

After a few days, you will start to notice the superworm curling up to an “e” or “c” shape. This is where the morphing process will begin. If you notice any superworms that are straight, hard or black looking, it is likely they are dead.

The process of a superworm from larvae to pupae takes about one to two weeks.

Step 3: When the superworms finally reach the pupation state, they will resemble a cream or white colored shell. This is considered the third stage of a superworms life: The pupae stage.

Once the superworms have reached the pupal stage, it is acceptable to group them together. You can also just leave them in their individual containers, but if you are planning to start on another group of larvae, it would be beneficial to organize the pupa’s into one container.

As they go from pupae stage to beetle, you’ll start to notice a darker color on your superworms legs.

The pupae to beetle process takes about two weeks to complete.

Step 4: You’ve now reached the last stage. For your superworms who have successfully made it to the fourth step, they should now look like darkling beetles. 

Before removing the beetles from their containers, make sure to construct a new breeding ground for them. A tray measured 14” x 10” x 3.5” is considered a perfect breeding container for your newly formed darkling beetles. Rubbermaid containers, cat litter pans, and Sterilite are a perfect use of breeding containers.

Layer the bottom of the container with about 1 inch of wheat bran, oats or nutritious gutload. If you use oats, make sure to blend the mixture into a powdery form, which will make it easier for you to separate, clean and feed your worms and beetles. The beetles will use this layer to lay their eggs in it.

Also, add half of an egg crate to allow a place for the beetles to gather. Doing so will prevent beetles from wandering around the enclosure and eating their eggs.

Step 5: Now that your beetles have laid their eggs, you can safely remove them from the container, and put them into a new one.

Once in their new homes, place foods such as potatoes, carrots, fruit or water crystals, into the enclosure as a sound water source. Moisture is important for both superworms and beetles alike.

If you do not keep your beetles hydrated, it can cause them to prey on other beetles, newly hatched babies, or eggs.

Step 6: About every two to four weeks, make sure to remove the beetles from the bedding and place them into a fresh container. Doing this will allow the beetles eggs to hatch, and increases the chance of your beetles being able to reproduce more often.

Your adult beetles should live up to five months so those are many eggs that have potential to be hatched. An average female beetle can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime.

Step 7: You now have baby superworms. Make sure to keep the temperature at about 78 degrees fahrenheit for the babies.

Add small pieces of the following foods to the container:

  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Apple

You may choose to use water crystals once the baby superworms get a bit older.

Tips:

In order to pupate, superworms must be separated individually.

Keep temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees fahrenheit at all times.

Make sure the container contains a good amount of moisture so that your superworms can thrive.

Change the container regularly, as superworms will eat the bedding, and then poop in it. They cannot live in their poop.

Feed beetles daily.

Are Superworms a Nutritional Feeder For My Pet?

Yes they are, but they need to be offered in moderation.  Superworms are considered to have extremely high levels of fat, proteins, and calcium content. They are definitely a great source of nutrients for your pet reptile.

 Superworms are loaded with fat content, so it is a great worm feeder if fed in moderation.  Typically bearded dragon owners will provide them as a treat.  Or, if your pet is brumating, or pregnant, then it would be an optimal time to offer more superworms.  As their fat content will help your pet plump up for some brumating, or child rearing.

 They are also loaded with protein which is considered a major source for the growth of reptiles and amphibians. Superworms can decrease risk of muscle atrophy and improperly working organs.

 Superworms also have lots of fiber in them, which promotes the movement of materials in the digestive system.

 Here is a table to compare the nutritional value of superworms compared to other worms:

 

Worm type

Moisture (%)

Fat (%)

Protein (%)

Calcium (%)

Phosphorous (%)

Superworm

58%

20%

18%

124%

2370%

Mealworm

62%

13%

20%

0.11%

0.77%

Wax worm

62%

22%

16%

0.11%

0.62%

Silkworm

65%

10.6%

64%

0.21%

0.54%

Phoenix worm

61%

14%

18%

2.33%

1.53%

How often should I feed superworms to my pet?

How often should I feed superworms to my pet?

Feed superworms to your pet reptile in moderation. 

The fat content of a superworm is quite high, so feeding your reptile too much of this insect feeder could cause weight problems or obesity for your pet. Weight problems may lead to lethargy and immobility. The fat content of the superworm is a great resource for when your female reptile begins to reproduce.

 While superworms are not meant to be a single course meal, your reptile will appreciate you sprinkling their cage with these worms every now and then. Just remember, feeding your pet is like anything else in life - too much of something can be bad for your body.

Which reptiles and amphibians enjoy superworms?

 

  • Bearded dragon
  • Geckos
  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Frogs

All in all, superworms would make a delicious feeder for your reptile. If fed in moderation, it can promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for your pet. 

We can only ship Live Products on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

We want to get your products delivered quickly just as badly as you do.  But the reality is that shipping live products isn't the easiest task.  And that means we have to be disciplined and strategic when we ship.  Otherwise, there's an increased probability that perished crickets will show up on your doorstep.  And that doesn't do any good for the customer or shipper.

We Ship with The Post Office

We ship with the post office for a few reasons.

  1. They keep their packages inside their climate controlled buildings.  This is a game changer.  Instead of leaving the packages out on a dock, they are brought inside the building.  Which can drastically increase the survival rate for the crickets and superworms.
  2. They Deliver on Saturdays. Since they deliver on Saturdays, we're able to ship on Wednesdays.  Most packages are delivered within 2-3 business days.  So if we ship on Wednesday, that 2-3 day window falls in the same week, which avoids any Sunday transit delays.
  3. Cost Effective. And one reason why we're able to keep our prices so low is because we use the post office.  USPS Priority mail is a great, and reasonable priced service.  And any savings we gain, we pass right back to the customer.  

The post office is our preferred shipper.  However, if you'd like to receive the package through FedEx, or UPS, we can accommodate that request.  But it was accrue additional shipping fees.  

Hot and Cold Temperatures

Temperatures are a big consideration when packaging and shipping live products.  And at any time, we may decide to postpone deliveries if we feel the live product will not survive the transit.  If that is the case, we will make our best effort to contact the customer so that can make other arrangements if desired.  

But if the temperatures are too cold, we can package the crickets with heat packs.  And if they are too hot, we can package them with cold gel packs.  

But either way, we need to keep a close eye on the weather when we get into the extremes.  So please keep that in mind when expecting deliveries.