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Old 12-19-2008, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so somehow one of my mealworms has turned into a larvae (there may be more than one, but I know there is at least one). I don't see how it could have happened, because the container is in the refrigerator 24/7 and the temperature is set to 34 degrees Farenheit. Anyways, my question is: Is it safe to feed this to my hedgehog, or is there a hard shell around the larvae? I'm guessing that it's not safe, but I want to ask because I know some people on here farm their own mealworms and may have had this same problem before.
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OOh that's pretty gross.

I don't think it would be a good idea to feed it to him, even if only because it's absolutely disgusting.
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Hedgies can eat mealies in all stages: larvae, pupae, and beetle. The question is, can you handle it?

Yes, they are perfectly safe and tasty.



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Hedgies will even eat small snakes, if provided for them.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The pupae are perfectly fine. You will want to feed less of them though, as they contain more fat than the regular worm stage.

However, I recommend taking the pupae out of the cold and allow them to finish morphing. They will turn into a black beetle if allowed. And according to all hedgehogs that have lived with me, the beetles are the best tasting stage of a mealworm's life. If offered all three stages, mine typically go for the beetle first. Plus beetles are the lowest in fat stage!
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Right, but dont beetles have a hard exoskeleton? nobody's worried about him choking on that? I mean you use caution with anything else that could be choked on, why not this?
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Mine seems to really enjoy crunching them up into moosh before swallowing. The louder the better.
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Alright, thank you guys for the advice =] I don't think I've seen anything about this on the forums.
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