Help and advice on shopping for: Live Waxworms
A fatty treat for your terrarium
Live Waxworms are a fantastic reptile food as they are packed full of essential fats and protein. They are also popular with amphibians and garden birds, especially parent birds who will feed Waxworms to their young. While they are best saved as an occasional treat or to help an ill pet keep its strength, we have a wide variety of feeding options to suit a range of reptiles and their needs.
What are live Waxworms?
Live Waxworms are the larvae of the Wax moth and so have lots of fat and protein to facilitate their growth through the completely natural process of metamorphosis. These highly nutritious fats and proteins make them a brilliant live food for reptiles (such as Leopard geckos), amphibians and birds that need to quickly recover their strength or gain weight. The worms present little hunting challenge and their soft skins are unlikely to cause any harm to your pet. They are particularly useful for filling a bird table in the breeding season for wild birds.
Why should I buy live Waxworms?
Live Waxworms are cheap to keep and make for a fantastic supply of delicious nutrients like protein and fat. Unless a reptile is ill or in need of gaining weight, we would recommend only serving Waxworms as an occasional treat alongside a more complex diet. Waxworms won’t need feeding as they mostly subsist on their fat stores at this point in their lifecycle and if they are kept at a cool temperature they will even go into a dormant state, keeping them fresh for several weeks at a time. Room temperature Waxworms are more likely to turn into moths, so we recommend keeping them in a shallow container or plastic tub within a fridge or cool dark area.
Will I receive my Waxworms via Royal Mail?
Yes, all of our live Waxworms are despatched from our livefood supplier on a next day delivery service via Royal Mail. If you order before 1pm, your worms will be despatched the same day you order and if you order after 1pm they will be despatched the next day. Service can sometimes be disrupted by bank holidays. As your live waxworms are being sent from our livefood supplier, they will not arrive in the same parcel as any other goods you buy from us.
What are the main types of live Waxworms for sale?
We sell Waxworms in two forms; pre-packed and bulk bags. Pre-packed waxworms are sold in 15g packs suitable for a couple of feeds for a single animal. Bulk bags contain a much larger number of waxworms and are designed to last for a few weeks when being served to a single animal or a couple of days when fed to a larger group of animals.
What should I look for?
Check that your pet can eat Waxworms before making a purchase, most species can eat them but some reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates can be quite fussy about their feed. Beyond that, ensure you can store all of the Waxworms you’re purchasing and that you have a way to cool them if you’re planning to keep them in a dormant state.