nutritional analysis of gutloaded crix


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As you can see from this chart, non gutloaded crickets have a horrible cal/phos ratio: roughly 1:7, a far cry from the recommended 1.5:1 minimum. However, when gutloaded with a high calcium diet as most experienced chameleon keepers do, the ratio is raised to almost 1:1. This is WAY better than I ever imagined. I always have supported gutloading as the best way to get the nessesary minerals and vitamins to any reptile, but never imagined it could raise the calcium level so high. In king meal worms(zophobas I presume) and waxworms, the resulting ratio is even better:more calcium than phosphorous.

The 1st number is calcium and the 2nd is phosphorous

Cricket, domestic 0.14 : 0.99
Cricket, domestic, hi-Ca diet 0.90 : 0.92

Mealworm larvae, king 0.16 : 0.59
Mealworm larvae, king, hi-Ca diet 0.69 : 0.57

Wax moth larvae 0.11 : 0.62
Wax moth larvae, hi-Ca diet 0.50 : 0.33

The crix and kingworms were fed commercially available gutloads, and the waxworms were fed a special diet which you can find the recipe for in the full report.
Copy and paste the address below to see the full report: Papers/NAGFS00397Insects-JONIFEB24,2002MODIFIED.pdf
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