Monday, January 30, 2012

Insight on mealworms for Reptiles

Reptiles such as lizards, salamanders and animals like frogs, tortoises and even spiders are fondly tamed and kept as pets around the world. Their food products usually consist of feeder insects. This feeder insect lineup consists of crickets, live crickets, fruit flies, mealworms and super worms.

Crickets are grasshopper like creatures with flattened compact bodies and long antennae. They are most likely to see at night. Crickets squeak during their mating season and they use their wings. It's really strange to know that they have auditory sensing organ is established 'the ear' to their knees. Crickets basically feed on organic matter, decaying plants, fungi and some sprouting plants but in case of shortage of food that they are known to feed their own death. Carnivorous animals such as frogs, spiders, turtles, salamanders and lizards find crickets as nutritious food material. Some people of Asian and African cultures are known to eat cricket.

Live crickets are very versatile and insects are the most common feeder insects for reptiles and arachnids and small mammals such as hedgehogs and hamsters as pets such as birds. Live crickets are attached to a hook with a small rubber band and used to fish in ponds, lakes and stream to catch.

A fruit fly is a relative of the fly. But unlike the structure of the fly, it has bright red eyes and black rings tilted on his stomach. The body is yellow in color.

Male fruit flies attract females by a sound produced by vibration of their wings extended. The duration of successful integration is 30 days. According to the temperature of the environment, the development time of the fruit fly from egg to adult varies 70-60 days.

Meal worms can easily be found under the bark of trees in and around the stinking wood, soil and ant nests. Mealworms grow up around 15-20 millimeters in length. These are very attractive as they are golden in color and have a segmented body. They have little tabs on the underside of their bodies, which are attached to the frontal segment to form the foot in the future.

The meal worm larvae hatch from their eggs, eat away everything and grow very quickly and become a doll. The larvae then go through several stages called 'stage' for molting of newer skins every time. Worm food is essential for the global environment for recycling of organic matter.

Super worms are the larvae of a species known as the night competitor. They are about 1.5 to 2.25 inches long and look like large mealworms. These are a delicious food for lizards, birds, frogs, salamanders and other insectivorous. Arachnids and other predatory insects do not eat super worms because of their outer hard chitin.

The super worms are used as subjects in the classroom to life cycle of an insect to show. It is only possible because they are large in size and no special care is necessary for them to live.

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