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Silkworm Nutrition and Benefits

Why You Should Try Silkworms

Nutritional Superiority
According to many, including Anole expert A. Lanolis, Silkworms are naturally the healthiest insect you can feed your pet. Silkworms are low in fat content and are a high source of Calcium, Vitamins B1, B2, and B3, Protein, Iron, Magnesium and Sodium.

Let's compare the value of the silkworm vs. the common cricket:

  Silkworms Crickets
Protein 63.8% 11.4%
Calcium .34% .08%
Fat 10.6% 22.7%
Carbohydrate 18.2% 56.0%
Ash 7.4% 9.9%
This analysis was completed by an external UKAS accredited laboratory.
The Silkworms were fed on a diet consisting entirely of Artificial Silkworm Diet.

Silkworm vs. the Common Worms
An inferior live feeder because their nutritional value is low and the exoskeleton hard. If you do feed your pet mealworms, wait until the worm has just shed and feed your smaller reptiles mealworms no larger than one-half inch. Silkworms, however, have no exoskeleton and are soft & juicy. Your animal can eat larger sizes if that's what you have on hand.
Waxworms are a common and nutritional reptile and amphibian feeder, however, they are very high in fat content. Feed these tasty treats in moderation. You may also want to "starve the fat off" before feeding.
Trevoworms (aka: Trevoworm):
Butterworms or Trevoworms are a newer entry onto the market. They are soft grub-like worms and are nutritious and high in calcium but are high in fat.
Silk Worms:
Anole expert, A. Lanolis says, "...they're [Silkworms] naturally the healthiest insect you can get." Silkworms are easy to care for, undemanding, have a low mortality rate and last over a week without food and up to a month or more with food. You can easily grow them up to three inches or more by feeding them mulberry leaves or our silkworm food.

Because of these reasons, especially their nutritional value and low fat content, silkworms are an excellent feeder for reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish.

11 Reasons Why You Should Consider Silkworms:
  1. First of all, Silkworms are one of the most nutritious (see chart above), economical and convenient feeders on the market. Silkworms are a high source of Protein, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, and Vitamins B1, B2, and B3. Because of their high calcium content, silkworms are very beneficial for gravid females.
  2. Silkworms look and taste better to most animals than many other types of feeders.
  3. Easier: They cannot jump, escape or hide, unlike many other insects. They are slow moving and easier for your animals to catch.
  4. Silkworms have a soft exoskeleton for maximum digestibility.
  5. Silkworms do not pose a threat to your pet; they cannot bite or harm your animals because they have no sharp jaws or legs.
  6. Size and Value: Mature silkworms can grow up to 10 times the weight of a cricket. At one popular nationwide pet store, small crickets currently sell for 9 cents each. Check our Product Page and you'll see that our silkworms sell for substantially less.
  7. Silkworms often cause a feeding response from picky eaters or animals on a hunger strike.
  8. Ease of care: Silkworms require no special containers or any water.
  9. No annoying sounds or odors.
  10. Mortality Rate: Crickets die off quickly; Silkworms are much more hearty and will live substantially longer.
  11. Variety is the spice of life! In the wild, common pets such as reptiles, amphibians, fish, frogs, and snakes munch on worms, spiders, moths, crickets, grubs and more. Some species may pig out. For example, some anoles have been observed to eat upwards of 20-30 unfortunate creatures per day. In the wild, your pet would be getting a huge variety— enough to create a veritable critter buffet. For the happiest and healthiest pets, what you want to do is simulate this natural variety in the diet. Silkworms provide this natural variety. Feed your animal as many different healthy feeders as you can find at the pet store and online.
What NOT to Feed Your Pet
What you need to avoid, feeding your pet are:
Centipedes, butterflies, bees, houseflies, ants, fireflies and wild maggots. These creatures could harm your friend. Fish may also be a poor choice if they contain parasites. For small pets such as lizards, frogs, turtles and others, some food may be too large or unsuitable—earthworms, giant mealworms, and superworms, for example. Items on the market such as can-o-worms offer a vitamin-soaked, dried out convenience that just aren't healthy.

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