Silkworms as a Pet-Feeder

Choosing to use Silkworms as a Pet Feeder is one of the best decisions you can make for the health of your reptile. Silkworms are in fact so nutritiously beneficial that according to a March 2011 story in the Emory Riddle Aeronautical University newspaper, Chinese researchers investigated the possibility of using Silkworm pupae as an astronaut food. The article says the animal is ideal as space food since it’s small, can reproduce quickly, doesn’t make much of a mess, and its protein and amino acid content surpasses that of pork, eggs and milk. The research also concluded that an astronaut would need to eat 170 bugs or webs a day to get the full nutritional benefits. If they are this good for humans, imagine the benefits of feeding Silkworms to your pets!

5 Common Feeders Fat % Calcium % Fibre %
Protein %
Silkworm 10.6 .34 5.95 63.8
Mealworm 12.7 .08 1.7 20.3
Waxworm 22.2 .11 7.69 15.5
Butterworm 5.2 .11 16.2
Cricket 22.7 .08 3.2 11.4

Take note: Silkworms are low in fat, meaning they can be a staple in any pet’s diet, as well as having more Calcium and Protein than any other of the 4 other common pet feeders. The high protein aspect means that by feeding Silkworms to an injured pet, it will help them recover quicker than if you were to be feeding it an alternative feeder, as the protein element helps heal and grow injured tissues. The high protein aspect also just generally helps make your reptiles stronger, than if they were to be fed another feeder. Because of their high calcium content, Silkworms are especially beneficial for gravid females, as they allow for the development, of many, healthy, fertile eggs.

Raising Silkworms as a Pet Feeder

Silkworms are easy to take care of, and last almost a week without food, as well as living for up to a month, up until they cocoon. You can easily grow your Silkworm to your desired size, upwards to three inches, by feeding them Silkworm Chow, or Mulberry Leaves.

Why feed your pets Silkworms?

1.) Silkworms look and taste better compared to other feeders.

2.) They cannot jump, escape or hide, unlike many other insects. They are slow moving and easier for your animals to catch.

3.) Soft Bodied: They are easier for your animals to swallow and digest.

4.) Silkworms cannot bite or harm your animals because they have no sharp jaws or legs.

5.) Variety: Animals need variety in their diet to remain healthy.

6.) Silkworms often cause a feeding response from picky eaters or animals on a hunger strike.

7.) Ease of care: Silkworms require no special containers or any water.

8.) According to many, Silkworms are naturally one of the healthiest insect you can get to feed your pet.  You just can’t beat the low-fat content & nutritional value of a silk worm.  Once thought to be delicate and hard to care for, Silkworms are actually very hardy, needing only a dry environment and a small amount of silkie food daily (which can be kept in the fridge for up to a month).

Consider using Silkworms as a Pet Feeder, and feel free to email us for any questions regarding this topic.

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