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Live SuperWorms (Zophobas Moriofont)
Live Gutloaded Superworms

Live Superworms are a great reptile and bird feeder. A long time staple, Superworms are easy to care for and have a shelf life incomparable to other worms. Superworms when kept in a group will continue to grow and will not pupate into beetles. Superworms provide plenty of protein and calcium to your pet in each feeding. Gutloaded with organic wheat bedding and calcium powders ensure the proper nutrition for your reptiles. Superworms are a very meaty feeder that  have soft shells that allows for easy easy ingestion and digestion The make up of the Superworms makes them the perfect staple reptile feeder or occasional snack.

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Storing your feeders
Once you receive your live Superworms, place them in a plastic container with whole wheat germ as bedding. Organic wheat germ is the very best bedding and food staple you can provide your live Superworms. You can also use oatmeal, however we find that oatmeal is substandard for live Superworms. Superworms generate a lot of heat and moisture. Make sure to use dried water crystals in their container to absorb any excess moisture. Keep your live superworms in a plastic bin with plenty of air holes. Do not refrigerate your Superworms. They unlike live mealworms will die in the cold temperatures. Be sure to let your Superworms get as much air as possible, even if that means letting them sit in their bins with no lids on the container. Provide fresh fruit or vegetables daily to provide your Superworms with adequate moisture for ingestion. You can sprinkle calcium dust or other supplements into yoru bedding or on your fruits to ensure they have adequate levels of the needed nutrients your pet will need.
Caring for Mealworms
WHAT ARE SUPERWORMS
Superworms, (Zophobas morio), are an excellent and easy to keep feeder insect for many reptile, amphibian, and bird species. I personally use superworms for box turtles. If fed properly superworms can be kept at room temps for a long time. I have some superworms that I have been keeping for more than 1 year.Superworms are NOT the same as Mealworms or Giant Mealworms (tenebrio molitor) though they are similar in appearance. Superworms need to be kept at room temps and will not turn into to beetles while in group. On the other hand mealworm quickly pupate at room temps and should be refrigerated to keep them in the larval stage. Superworms are in fact more easily digested when compared to mealworms since they have less chitin. Small superworms have even less chitin.

 


SUPERWORM LIFE CYCLE
Superworms have 4 stages of life: egg, larva, pupae and beetle. The beetles are the only ones that reproduce. Breeding superworms is very similar to that of mealworms but with one difference. They will need to be separated individually so they can pupate. If you keep them together you will never obtain beetles to start another generation. Superworms grow slowly and it can take 5 months or longer (depending on the temperature you keep them at) to become large enough to start the “morphing” process. Pupation is an essential process and the only way to obtain beetles for breeding. I keep all stages of superworms at a temperature between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Choose the largest superworms possible and place a single worm into an empty 35mm film container. I’ve found film containers work best as they require very little space. Due to the digital era they are becoming harder to find but I’ve always had good luck at the Wal-Mart and Costco photo centers. If you can’t get them you can always use plastic bead boxes for crafts, baby food jars etc.

 


SUPER MORPHING
Leave the superworm in the empty film container with no food or water. Adding food or water to the film container prolongs the time it takes them to pupate and makes a bigger workload for you. As long as they are very large larva you should have very few to no deaths. e-shaped-superworm After several days the worms will become dormant and begin curling to a letter “c” or “e”. This is the start of the morphing process. Any superworms that are straight looking, hard or black are probably dead. The process from larva to pupae takes 1 to 2 weeks

SUPERWORM PUPA
Once the worm has pupated it will look like a white or cream colored “alien” as most people call them. This is their third stage of life. You can either leave them in the film container or place them all in a separate container. I remove mine and place them in a separate container as it saves space and then you can start another larva in the film container. When their legs turn darker in color you’ll know a beetle is about to emerge. The process from pupae to beetle takes about 2 weeks.

SUPERWORM BEETLES
Before removing these beetles you need to put together a new breeding container. I use trays that are (14” x 10” x 3.5”). You can use really any type of container such as Rubbermaid and Sterilite but I’ve found cat litter pans to be most effective. Add about 1 inch of wheat bran or a pre-made gutload to the bottom of the container. The beetles will eat and lay their eggs in this. Try not to use coarse bedding such as oats unless you blend it to a powder. This will make it easier to separate the superworms later for cleaning or feeding your animals. In one corner I add a small piece of egg crate so the beetles have a place to gather. Otherwise they may wander through the container digging up eggs and eating them. You may now move the beetles to this container. Offer potatoes, carrots, fruits or water crystals as a water source. Moisture is extremely important for the beetles just as it is for the superworms themselves. A lack of moisture will result in beetles preying on eggs, newly hatched babies and other beetles.About every 2 to 4 weeks (depending on how many beetles you have in one container) remove the beetles from the bedding and place them in a fresh container as described above. This allows the eggs to hatch and furthers your chances of obtaining more babies. If the beetles are left they will prey on the eggs and possibly the newly hatched larva. The newly hatched worms could do the same with each other. Adult beetles can live up to 5 months with a female laying nearly 500 eggs in her lifetime. Raising baby superworms The key to hatching is heat and most importantly moisture. For the babies I keep the temperature around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Add small chunks or slices of potato, carrot, apples etc on the bedding surface. This will provide moisture for the newly hatched babies. Once the babies grow larger you can use water crystals if you wish.

 


Nutritional Value for Live Superworms
Live Superworms pack a nutritional punch when fed to your reptiles.
Live Superworm Nutritional Values
Moisture Fat Protien Fiber Ash Calcium PPM Calcium % Potassium
56.95 40.46 56.95 7.69 2.92 283 .09 2320
 
Superworm Shipping
Every order of our live Superworms comes packaged in an escape proof box with newspaper print. Each box is marked as perishable and as "Live Insects". Live Superworms should not be left in your mailbox, Superworms overheat quickly. As soon as you receive them, move the Superworms to a plastic bin with bedding.
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