Sep 18, 2021 - 10:44 AM
There is an old internet myth that mealworms can live inside the gut of a reptile and 'eat their way out". Here is where it began:
While there is no official evidence of it happening; in 2012 it is rumored that a Superworm was found in the cage with a dead bearded dragon with a hole in its side. Later the person admitted that the dragon had probably been dead a while and that the worm was trying to get 'in' rather than out. It has never been proven that the dragon died from the Superworm and we have never heard another report of anything similar before or after. Bearded dragons not only chew up their food rather well, but if you put a mealworm or superworm in a cup of water you'll find they don't live very long in moisture and without oxygen. In the wild Bearded Dragons eat lizards, ants, beetles, and even scorpions. So we'll leave the final decision up to you, but our customers including most large-scale breeders feed our mealworms heads and all with no problems reported.