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    Default Small fuzzy black caterpillar like worms in with Roaches???


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    Does anyone know what these things are??? They are very small, and they are hairy, and I always see them in my roach enclosures, especially with b. dubias, and lobster roaches.

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    if it's like the ones that come with crickets too, i think they're tenebrionid beetle larvae.
    -Mike Martin

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    They are beetle larvae and I don't know of any herps that will eat them. Better to be rid of them.

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    cool, thanks for the info guys... take it easy. oh, my leopard gecko eats them, but then again he'll eat a lemon slice if it's moving.

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    I think the are beetles that eat dead animals

    I bred some of them and did make skeletons from my dead animals

    was interesting!!!

    HAve to check for fotos

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    Hello,

    I think that these are larvae of the Larder Beetle ( scientific name : Dermestes )

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    GeckoTom: so you put a bunch of them with a dead reptile and they ate it to the skeleton??? I've been looking for something to do that so that I can get a clean sleleton for some of my knobtails that didn't make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oli
    GeckoTom: so you put a bunch of them with a dead reptile and they ate it to the skeleton??? I've been looking for something to do that so that I can get a clean sleleton for some of my knobtails that didn't make it.
    Exactly!

    I have skeletons of lots of animals, from adult Chamaeleo calyptratus to Uroplatus ebenaui!

    I stepped on the cardreader of my camera, so I cannot post pics now, just have foud this one on my computer.

    Here a pic of a catfish, Bunocephalus coracoideus, I think it is called the "Banjo Catfish"! It was in my "skeletal box" for about 5 hours

    The small larvae eat every pice of flesh and let the joints untuched when you get the manimal out at the right time. There are several species of this beetle and they are different in eating! Some eat more, so the bones separate and others eat really first the flesh.

    It is good to let the body dry a bit, so the moisture is mostly gone, when it is too fresh, they wont eat it and it wil start to rot (and smell a bit!!! )


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    Do the "caterpillars" look like this??

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    oh yeah those are them.

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