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    ICEMAN
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    Hello all,
    I went out and bought a bunch of hornworms for my bearded dragon. Oddly, he wants nothing to do with them. They are about 2 inches long now. Anyway are they okay to feed my pacman on for some time? I normally feed night crawlers as a staple but would it be ok to switch until the hornworms are gone? The frog itself is pushing 3.5" in diameter so no worries about size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICEMAN View Post
    Hello all,
    I went out and bought a bunch of hornworms for my bearded dragon. Oddly, he wants nothing to do with them. They are about 2 inches long now. Anyway are they okay to feed my pacman on for some time? I normally feed night crawlers as a staple but would it be ok to switch until the hornworms are gone? The frog itself is pushing 3.5" in diameter so no worries about size.
    Most use them like candy. Never a lot and never as a staple. Some have also had their frogs shun other items after getting a taste for hornworms. Lija calls them reptile/amphib crack. Sounds like fun but I would exercise prudence.


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    I feed them to my African bullfrog whenever I have a culture that ready to feed off. The frog has yet to get "hooked" on them, but always quickly accepts them!

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    You can use them more frequently than most other treat type foods. You should be fine to do so. Just mix them in with your frogs normal staple.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GrifTheGreat View Post
    You can use them more frequently than most other treat type foods. You should be fine to do so. Just mix them in with your frogs normal staple.
    How do they compare to wax worms? Maybe that is what I was thinking about?


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    This is what Rob from Great Lakes Hornworm had reported to him from a lab:
    Protein: 9%
    fat: 3.07%
    Calcium: 46.4mg/100g
    Moisture: 85%

    Wax worms have a considerably higher percentage of fat...basically Hornworms are water balloons

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    Garret has you covered on their nutritional value.


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