Super worms bite?

GabeCastro

Established Member
Yup...

I've been bitten by brown / black crickets, super worms, and hornworms. Never been bitten by silkworms or dubia but i'm sure they can bit too lol.

Just do what Jann said, thats how i fed my biting insects to my cham. Or to be extra cautious use fingernail clippers and cut their mandibles off. It's tedious, but i only did it with my hornworms.
 

giesle

Avid Member
Whatever. Try getting an adult hisser off of your hand! I'm always worried about pulling their legs off! Sticky lil buggers! :eek: :D
Don't know about hissers, but do about dubias, and almost invariably I will be holding something else in the other hand and look like a monkey trying to fling sh*t to get it off before it crawls up my arm.:)
 

deadhd5

Avid Member
I guess this is one advantage of having rough calloused hands... None of these bugs have successfully laid a bite on my hands, haha.

I am always more worried about them biting the inside of my chams' mouths than biting me. I used to crush the jaws, but its just so messy. Luckily my chameleons love them so much (and I provide them so rarely) that they chomp the heck out of them when they get a chance to munch one down. :D
 

maxttu

New Member
Don't know about hissers, but do about dubias, and almost invariably I will be holding something else in the other hand and look like a monkey trying to fling sh*t to get it off before it crawls up my arm.:)
If I had a drink in my mouth while reading this, I surely woulda spit it out! "monkey trying to fling sh*t" is right!!!

A dubia or hisser can crawl on my hands all it wants to, but when they start heading to crawl up my arm, I'm done! No bugs on my body. Nope. Ain't happening. Frantic flinging is imminent! :mad: :eek: ;)
 

jshaffer740

New Member
If I had a drink in my mouth while reading this, I surely woulda spit it out! "monkey trying to fling sh*t" is right!!!

A dubia or hisser can crawl on my hands all it wants to, but when they start heading to crawl up my arm, I'm done! No bugs on my body. Nope. Ain't happening. Frantic flinging is imminent! :mad: :eek: ;)
Frantic Flinging Imminent! Love it. I think that's one of the things new cham owners don't quite grasp. Not only are we chameleon keepers, we soon become bug keepers as well, and have to tolerate lots of creepy crawly little buggers.
 

Squirell

New Member
It's a very small pinch. More of a shock then anything. My bearded dragon pretty much refusses to eat super worms unless hand fed. You get used to it.
 

jezzie

New Member
Supers have always creeped me out. Hornworms tho, with that big spikey thing on there butt... I'm always worried they will stab me. If a cricket crawls on me I loose my shhh. Cup feeding only in our house lol
 

Video Master

New Member
I will be cup feeding as well when I get my panther. I am already working on the feeder itself that will work with the different worms and crickets.
 

PattyCake

Member
Oh my gosh you guys are funny! Such good senses of humour! Well back to the main topic-I have had superworms bite me-it just feels like a pinch. Nothing that bad.;)
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Do superworms bite. I have been wanting to try and hand feed these but it seems I remember someone saying they can give a nasty bite.
I've handled full grown superworms for well over ten years and have never been bitten. They do have little madibles and kinda scratchy little legs, that I suppose some people equate with being bit. But I cant imaging they would ever break the skin.
 

GabeCastro

Established Member
I've handled full grown superworms for well over ten years and have never been bitten. They do have little madibles and kinda scratchy little legs, that I suppose some people equate with being bit. But I cant imaging they would ever break the skin.
They do bite, But it's equivalent to a sharp pinch. The bites I've had never broke skin. I've let full grown super bite my fingernail cuticle and it just hung there.
 

ISA my Veiled

New Member
They do bite, But it's equivalent to a sharp pinch. The bites I've had never broke skin. I've let full grown super bite my fingernail cuticle and it just hung there.
I agree, they do. But I've had one bite me and I barely felt it. But on the otherhand before I have fed my chameleons superworms I slightly crush the head, most of the time. I haven't ran into an instance where they bit my chameleon though and it doesn't seem to happen often with anyone.
 

AloeVeraCham

New Member
Well I just spent 10 minutes trying to get a big energetic one to bite me, but no such luck. Oh, well. It will be better when not expected anyway.
They get more aggressive if you feed them nutritional food sometimes they can gnaw through plastic if there’s a hole in it
 
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