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Why do Animals Need Live Foods and Enrichment

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Live food is living food for carnivorous or omnivorous animals kept in captivity; in other words, small animals such as insects or mice fed to larger carnivorous or omnivorous species kept either in a zoo or as a pet. Animals that are commonly fed live food include bearded dragons, leopard geckos and other lizards, various types of snake, turtles, and carnivorous fish, and many birds too.



Depending upon the surrounding, animal type, their metabolism, and their daily activities animals needs food for developing muscles, providing energy to cells and developing new cells and thereby new muscles. Animals like most of the birds, reptiles like snakes, turtles, tortoises, bearded dragons, chameleon, small animals like mice, sugar gliders, monkeys, hedgehogs and many more, may they be wild or pet animals have live food as a important source of their diet.



Live food like insects, beetles, superworms, mealworms are important part of diets of such animals. As compared to other foods Live foods are rich source of many other essential nutrients for the animals. Nutrients like Protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, minerals, phosphor, and vitamins are important for the growth of the animals and Live Foods are rich source of these nutrients. Mealworms and insect are becoming popular among the pet animals for their daily nutrition as they have so much of nutritional value. Mealworms generally contains nutritional values as per follows:

Live Mealworm contains Protein: 21%, Fat: 12%, Fiber: 2%, Water: 63%. Dried Mealworm contains Protein: 52%, Fat: 27%, Fiber: 6%, Water: 6%

*Approximate values (Proportion may vary)



Mealworm in diet plays important role in nutrition of animals. Mealworm is the foods that is healthy, energy and protein-rich alternatives to bread which your pets or any other wildfowl will love! Dried mealworms are a protein-rich treat that will be welcomed by all wildfowl. Protein is important all year round; from the busy breeding season building & defending nests, raising young and increased competition for food, to the short dark days of winter when cold weather and fewer daylight hours make finding natural food sources difficult.



Mealworms are nutritious insects that are high in protein and fat. They are a good food for birds, reptiles, small animals, and even people. Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, also called the darkling beetle or tenebrio beetle. The larvae may also be called yellow mealworms or golden grubs, and they're pure gold for the birds that eat them. These insects are a rich source of protein that is necessary for muscle development


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