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Mealworms are a popular feeder insect for reptiles, and for good reason. They are high in protein and fat, and they also contain calcium and other essential nutrients. Mealworms can be offered to reptiles live or dried, and they can be gut-loaded to make them even more nutritious.

Why Feed Mealworms to Reptiles?

There are several reasons why you might want to feed mealworms to reptiles. First, they are a good source of protein and fat, which are essential nutrients for reptiles. Second, mealworms are high in calcium, which is important for reptiles’ bone health. Third, mealworms are a natural food for many types of reptiles, so they will be attracted to them. Fourth, mealworms can help to improve the overall health and condition of your reptile.

What Reptiles Can Eat Mealworms?

Many different types of reptiles can eat mealworms. Some of the most common include:

  • Bearded dragons
  • Leopard geckos
  • Chameleons
  • Tortoises
  • Snakes
  • Iguanas
  • Monitor lizards
  • Skinks
  • Frogs
  • Turtles

How to Feed Mealworms to Reptiles

There are a few different ways to feed mealworms to reptiles. You can offer them live or dried, and you can gut-load them.

  • Live mealworms: Live mealworms are the most nutritious option, but they can also be messy. You can offer them to reptiles in a dish or on a feeding ledge.
  • Dried mealworms: Dried mealworms are less messy than live mealworms, but they are not as nutritious. You can offer them to reptiles in a dish or on a feeding ledge, or you can add them to their regular food.
  • Gut-loading: Gut-loading is the process of feeding mealworms nutritious foods before offering them to your reptile. This helps to ensure that your reptile is getting all the nutrients it needs. You can gut-load mealworms with fruits, vegetables, and other high-quality foods.

How Much to Feed Reptiles

The amount of mealworms you feed reptiles will depend on the size of the reptile, their diet, and their activity level. A good rule of thumb is to offer each reptile 1-2 live mealworms or 1/4 teaspoon of dried mealworms per day.

Where to Feed Reptiles

You can feed mealworms to reptiles anywhere you have a habitat for them. However, some good places to put a mealworm feeder include:

  • In the corner of the habitat
  • Near the heat lamp
  • Near the water bowl
  • In a feeding dish

Tips for Feeding Mealworms to Reptiles

Here are a few tips for feeding mealworms to reptiles:

  • Keep the mealworms in a cool, dark place.
  • Change the mealworm food regularly to keep it fresh.
  • Remove any dead or dying mealworms.
  • Clean the habitat regularly to prevent the spread of disease.


Mealworms are a nutritious and appealing food for many types of reptiles. They can be a great way to add variety to their diet and help them stay healthy. By following the tips above, you can safely and effectively feed mealworms to reptiles.