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Excellent food for reptiles

- More nutritious

- High protein content

- Low fat content

- Much economical

If you want your reptiles to be happier and healthier, feed them with many different varieties of feeder insects. Silkworm is the healthiest insect that you can afford for them. Silkworm is actually not a worm; it is a caterpillar. Since it has the ability to produce silk, it is named so. Bombyx mori, the popular variety of silkworm is extinct in the wild. They have been raised in captivity for many years. They won’t bite. So they are an ideal feeder for amphibians, reptiles and other animals.

The bodies of silkworms are very soft and juicy and they have no exoskeleton. They can develop up to a length of 3 inches. They grow as long as you nourish them. They live without food for a week but they become dehydrated.

Silkworms are rich in protein, calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2 and B3. They have low fat content. They have good nutritional value and have low chitin. They are less expensive and their maintenance will be easier than any other feeders.

Silkworms taste better to your pets than any other feeders. They move slowly. They can’t jump, hide or escape. So your pets can catch them easily. Since they are soft, they are easy to digest. They require no special container or substrate.

Silkworms feed on mulberry leaves. You don’t have to feed them with water. They take the water they need from fresh mulberry leaves. If mulberry leaves is not available, silkworm food available in stores can be given to them. Silkworms require a temperature of about 78°F - 82°F. If they are kept at room temperature, their growth rate is slowed down. Scents and sweat cause damage to them.

Silkworms can be raised in your home. A container with a lid having drilled holes is taken. A hygienic piece of ink-free paper is placed on the bed of the container. The lid maintains the warmth needed for them and the holes allow air circulation. Place the silkworm eggs on the paper. In about 6 – 20 days, the eggs will hatch. Then they must be supplied with fresh mulberry leaves. Feed them as many times as possible. During cocooning, mulberry leaves should be placed around them. Cleaning the silkworm habitat regularly will keep them in good health and avoid mold formation.

The habitat of the silkworm must be kept as dry as possible. If excessive condensation is formed after feeding, remove the lid for sometimes and allow the older food and container to dry. If the silkworms are covered with older food for a long time, mold may develop. At that time, grate about ¼ inch of food all over the worms by means of a cheese grater. They will move slowly to the top of the fresh food stack. Then they are placed in a new cleaned container.

Silkworms are amazing workers. In about 26 days, a silkworm can spin a cocoon from which we can get a silk thread of about 600 meters in length.

You can purchase silkworm eggs from this site.

 

 

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