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    I went to a local fish and tackle shop today to see if they had some small crayfish for my pained turtle. As i was there i notice these worms called spike worms that looked just like wax worms. I was woundering if anyone has ever used these for the herps and how it went. I tried googling it and didnt find out much besides that there blue bottle fly larve. I was hoping to find out there nutrients. If there high in fat or anything else i could find out about them. They had cups of 100 for only $1.50. Im looking at trying them with my leopard geckos. Any help with this worms would be great. thanks
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    Phoenix worms?
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    No not phoenix worms. phoenix worms are the larvae of black soldier fly. These are called spike worms and are the larvae of blue bottle flies.
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    They are just regular maggots then.. we buy those all the time and pupate them for the chameleons. Maggots in general can be difficult to digest due to a very tough outer skin. There are also contamination issues given that you dont know the conditions in which they are reared.
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    Well from what ive heard is that all of the grubs (maggots) are better and easier to digest then mealworms, super worms and the rest of the hard shell worms. As for contamination.... if thats true then i will diff not feed these to any of my herps.
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    Blue bottle fly larva only eat necter and fruits I believe. I just bought some online from www.Grubco.com and my Crested geckos love them. They are just called "fly larvae" at Grubco, but they are the same as spike worms or "twisters" as other companies call them. They are very soft like wax worms, but not high in fat. As long as they come from a reputable place, I would recommend them. (However, they like to hide and are fairly fast, so watch your Leo's eat to make sure none of them hide before they get eatten.) Grubco also has a nutritional analysis page were you can compare the protein, fat, etc for different feeders, including the blue bottle "fly larvae". Hope that helps!
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