Meal worms


New Member
I was wondering if it would be safe to allow the meal worms to roam free in my terrarium and the ground for my cham to hunt ?


Staff member
Probably not the best idea since the mealworms may eat anything growing in the terrarium, like bacteria or fungus that you can't see. And that could be bad for your cham. Especially when those left to crawl around start dying and producing more bacteria and grossness for the others to eat. Also they'll probably just hide from your cham or start pupating into beetles and stop wiggling. Better idea would be to put them in a dish or cup in the terrarium so they are contained but still available for your cham to eat. You'll be able to see them so you'll know how much your cham is eating and it's easy to remove them if they die or pupate.

Miss Lily

Chameleon Enthusiast
Mealworms have a hard exoskeleton (chitin) which is difficult for chameleons to digest. They should be fed as treats only. My girl loves them but she only occasionally gets a couple of newly moulted white ones. When I had my frst chameleon a superworm got out of the feeding cup and I didn't know and a few weeks later I kept hearing a scratching noise coming from her viv. That damn worm had climbed up and over the polystyrene background and was eating it's way up inside it! I had to take all her plants and stuff out of the viv and it took me ages to get the worm out of it. Mealworms will burrow and hide so letting them roam isn't such a good idea!


New Member
i wouldn't, they don't half make a mess for one and they will eat living plants that are in the vivarium. i have also had a beardy that was eaten by a mealworm and killed my beardy if you are feeding mealworms best bet is to get a mealworm feeder which are no more then £10 and make easier to the mess and they stop the mealworms from crawling out. purchase on ebay
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