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Mealworms and Exoskeletons

PostAuthor: hermiwormi » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:07 am

I've fed my crabs primarily mealworms(and occasionally isopods) when I offer bugs in their diet, but I've been wondering if the exoskeleton from the organisms they consume helps with the exoskeletons of the crabs?

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Re: Mealworms and Exoskeletons

PostAuthor: soilentgringa » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:17 am

Yes. They are sources of chitin. Any safe insects and other creatures like krill, shrimp, crabs, are good for their exoskeleton and are also protein sources.

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Re: Mealworms and Exoskeletons

PostAuthor: hermiwormi » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:54 am

soilentgringa wrote:Yes. They are sources of chitin. Any safe insects and other creatures like krill, shrimp, crabs, are good for their exoskeleton and are also protein sources.

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Alright, Also, is there a such thing as offering too much of a nutrient in their diet as with humans? Ex: Too much protein, calcium, too much of a vitamin, etc.

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Re: Mealworms and Exoskeletons

PostAuthor: aussieJJDude » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:35 am

They seem to know what they need, so just feed a variety and they'll do the rest.

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