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Thank-you for requesting me. I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and reptile Rescue.
We never suggest feeding Meal worms or super worms. They are not digestible due to the hard shell made from chitin. The food that the Dragon should be getting is Silk worms, phoenix worms, crickets, and dubia roaches. The diet under a year should be 80% live prey and 20% veggies. The veggies should include finely chopped Collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, escarole and curly endives. Butternut squash and various berries are great for a treat. The Veggies should be put in fresh daily, and done about an hour after lights on.
The temp for digestion should be 105-110 in the basking area, the warm side in the 90's and mid 80's in the cool side. I think if you adjust the temps and stop the meal worms, you should see a big difference inthe digestion. Silk worms and phoenix worms are soft bodied feeders. You can order on line www.mulberry farms.com and
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Phoenix worms are soft bodied, and when you said not digested, I assumed they were meal worms. The Dragon should be abe to digest the phoenix worms. At this point you may want to switch to silk worms. The amount you are feeding means that they are not satisfying the Dragon. The temps are a bit cool and that can also lead to digestion issues. You may want to try the silk worms, raise the temps and see if it seems to help. One last thing is the Dragon may need a fecal to determine if there are parasites which can also disrupt digestion. I am going suggest you pick up some BeneBac which is a probiotic and can be found at the Pet supply. It comes in a Gel form and would be good to try to aid in digestion.
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How the Dragon doing? Is he any better today? Joan