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Thread: Anyone here keep silkworms

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    I had some when I was younger and they are quite easy to grow (talking about Bombix mori right?). I had them for 2 years and in the 2nd year I was patient enough to count them 1 by 1 as they were born from eggs and put them to another box Just to have and ideia of how your colony may increase, from 17 worms in the 1st year (don't remember how many males and females though) I counted nearly 4500 births in the next year from the eggs they layed There were about 100 growths per day.
    What animals will they be fed?

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    I will be using them to feed my Phyllomedusa sauvagei (waxy tree frogs to those not familiar with the latin). And I might try feeding some of the big blokes to my snake if he'll take them. If he won't then they will go to a friend who has a very large assortment of exotic frogs.
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    Keep them clean and well fed and they will do quite well. They grow fast so they will quickly outsize your animal if they are already growing. I think the smallest size I could order would be too large to feed my leopard gecko in just over a week. She wouldnt eat crickets, wax worms, or mealworms for a good 2 weeks after I stopped keeping them, mainly because of time concerns (If you dont feed them every day when larger and twice a day when small they die, also if they arnt kept quite clean they tend to die off)
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    I think roaches would make a good feeder too, they are quite, don't smell and allot of the feeder species don't fly, let a lone climb too well. Feeders wont get out and infest you're house either unlike the German or American cockroaches we find.

    But You are the one getting them so you know what you are looking for in a feeder, hope all works well, interesting artical elgecko, (now knowing about the calcium intake i assume this is why you wish to use Silk worms)

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    ktult,

    From what I have read once they reach 5cm they can be held at that stage for 7-10 days if you reduce feeding and temps. Easy enough for me since I have a surplus of small tanks to begin with. I also plan on doing a staggered hatching so I should have many sizes available at all times once I get rolling.

    Gecko,

    Thanks for the link, lots of good stuff there that I had not seen. It definitly adds to what I had.

    NepAK,

    I am not fond of roaches and my wifeHATES them. Plus they are a little too fast for the sauvagei unless I hand feed. And, as I said above, I am not fond of roaches so daily holding them really does not appeal to me in the slightest.

    The calcium factor is not all that important to me (would have been great for the fat-tails I owned years ago though). I was just looking for something that is easy to keep, quiet and does not smell.
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    come on Pyro, B. dubia's arent very fast and are easy to work with. discoids are more than a bit spastic though thinking about keeping them from breeding and letting them die of old age heck my wifes even forgotten about them for the most part since they dont smell of make noise..........she is kinda concerned that they are eating a healthier diet than me though with all their vegies and fruits
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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler_mt View Post
    come on Pyro, B. dubia's arent very fast and are easy to work with.
    You've never met a sauvagei have you. I know they are sometimes called monkey frogs because of their motion but a more apt name would be sloth frogs. I think the only reason the get enough crickets is because for some strange reason the crickets seem suicidal and walk right upto the frogs
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