Where to buy Reptiles online?
Reader question: “I have been looking for a place to buy mealworms in my area, but they are very hard to find. Is there a place online that has feeder mealworms for sale? I feed them to my bearded dragon, to round out his diet. He is always interested in eating them, which says a lot because he is a picky eater. Can you buy live ones online, or just the canned and freeze-dried variety?”
Mealworms are a convenient and cost-effective way to round out your pet’s diet. They can be offered to a variety of reptiles and amphibians, including bearded dragons, box turtles, blue-tongued skinks and more (not to mention birds and fish).
With any reptile diet, variety is the key. You should offer your pet lizard, turtle or frog a wide variety of natural prey items — “natural” meaning things they would normally eat in the wild, or a reasonable substitute. A well-rounded diet gives your pet the nutrition it needs for a long and healthy life.
Mealworms could make an excellent addition to your meal plan. They are an ideal food item for bearded dragons and many other types of lizards. They are also widely available from pet stores, reptile shops, breeders, and online retailers. You can also find mealworms for sale at some fishing supply stores, because they are commonly used as fish bait.
Where to Buy Them Online
You asked where to buy feeder mealworms online. Fortunately, there are plenty of online retailers that offer these worms for sale, as a food source for reptiles, frogs, fish, etc. Follow the product links provided above to buy mealworms online. Or keep reading below to learn more about these insects, and why they’re a good food source for many kinds of reptiles.
For sale now — You can buy these feeder insects online from the following websites: FlukerFarms.com, WormMan.com, ReptileFood.com and Petco.com. You’ll have to visit these sites to find out what kind of inventory they offer. Some specialize in live mealworms, while others only sell the dried or roasted variety. It really depends on what you want.
What is a Mealworm Anyway?closeup photo of a mealworm – click to enlarge
A mealworm is actually a type of beetle larva. Specifically, it is the larval form of the mealworm beetle, a common black beetle that can be found all over the world.
If you breed these “worms” in captivity, you will find that they eventually mature into beetles. This is why they are often placed in the refrigerator, when kept as feeder insects for pet reptiles. Otherwise, they would pupate and eventually turn into beetles.
Feeder mealworms are a good source of protein, fat and moisture. Of course, this depends on what they’ve been eating, how fresh they are, etc. Live mealworms will provide the highest level of nutrition for your bearded dragon. Roasted mealworms are arguably the second-best choice, from a nutritional standpoint. And then we have the freeze-dried variety, which are generally the lowest on the nutrition scale.
How to Raise Your Own Mealies
If you’re keeping a lot of insect-eating reptiles, amphibians or fish, you might want to raise your own mealworms. That way, you’ll always have a supply of feeder insects available for your pet.
Breeding and raising mealworms is actually quite simple. They do most of the work for you! All you have to do is provide the right environment, which could be a Rubbermaid tub filled with oats or wheat bran. The oats or wheat perform double duty. They serve as bedding as well as a food source for the worms. You also need to provide a source of moisture. This can be as simple as placing some sliced potatoes inside the enclosure.
Keep the enclosure at room temperature or slightly warmer. Clean it as needed to remove waste. That’s about all there is to it. Like I said, raising mealworms is pretty simple. Some people even find that it becomes a hobby all of its own. Of course, if you don’t have the time or space needed for this kind of thing, you can buy your feeder mealworms online from one of the websites mentioned earlier. You’ll probably find them at your local chain pet stores as well, such as Petco and PetSmart.