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    So i needed some earthworms for a school project so i bought i thing of them from walmart and have like 15 left and was just wondering if they would be ok to feed to my Tokays. They are the ones used for fishing so i dont know if that have like grow hormones or anything else pumped in them that might be bad. Id wash the dirt off them of course but what do you guys think?
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    Farmed worms are generally safe as feeders, but to be safe contact the farm to see exactly how they operate. Tell them you are considering feeding a few extra worms to your gecko and want to know if they are feeding anything toxic to geckos in particular.

    Most worm farmers have a feed that is produced in a grain mill alongside other animal feeds. It simply is not possible to know what your worms are fed without asking.

    I have fed Wal*Mart worms to Kirtland's snakes for years with zero toxicity issues, aside from that I don't use worms very much, even for fishing.

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    Earthworms, provided, as Maurice pointed out, they have not be fed on toxic waste, are very interesting as feeders as far as their nutritional value goes. Not too fat, and with a good calcium/phosphore ratio. If they eat them, that's certainly a good thing, as they are inexpensive too
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    good to know thanks guys! the place says nothing they have with the worms is toxic since people use them for bait if they got in the fish then a person ate that fish and got sick from some dangerous chemical they would be in a ton of trouble
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    A few is ok, but I wouldn't use them as a base diet though. I'd stick with crickets, tropical roach, etc.
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    I feed baitstore nightcrawlers to my turtles,frogs and salamanders on a regular basis but none of my geckos would touch them. The tokays look at them for a minute and even approach them like their about to eat but then back away.
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    Walmart has terrible quality insects YUCK. I learned my lesson buying mealworms from them. They sell them as bait for fishing - so they do not care where the worms came from as long as they are the cheapest quality.
    That being said, I think the worms are probably too long to digest and maybe chopping them up may help so your Gecko doesnt choke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgsx View Post
    I feed baitstore nightcrawlers to my turtles,frogs and salamanders on a regular basis but none of my geckos would touch them. The tokays look at them for a minute and even approach them like their about to eat but then back away.
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    It wouldn't be bad if they did they eat them. Nightcrawlers are highly nutritious, packed with protein and have a high calcium level. They are great for frogs such as horned and African bulls, as opposed to the high fat mice people usually feed them.

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