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Mealworm & Morio

Live Mealworms in the UK

For many people, caviar is the pinnacle of food delicacies. We can equate live mealworms as the equivalent of caviar to reptiles. The only difference is that live mealworms offer far more nutritional benefits for geckos, birds and other animals.

Live reptile food should contain protein and other nutrients. You’ll be pleased to know that live mealworms tick this box splendidly. They’re high in protein, fat and fibres.

To cap it off, they’re super delicious. Whether you’re buying live mealworms for chickens or reptiles, your animal will be in for a treat every time.

Live mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle. Typically, they live in dark places. But, it’s easy to buy live mealworms in bulk and keep them until it’s time to feed your pet. They can’t bite you and, unlike live flies, can’t fly out of the housing container.

Our live mealworms for sale undergo a careful breeding and grooming stage before we sell them. As the leading provider of pet food products in the UK, we have experience packaging and delivering top-quality live pet food.

We guarantee next day delivery for live mealworms anywhere in the UK. We also offer live black crickets for reptiles.

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Live Mealworms Offer Plenty of Nutritional Value

Let’s take chickens as a study. Adult chickens need about 15% protein to remain healthy. Younger chickens need more than 15% protein.

Live mealworms for chicken can fill this nutritional void excellently. Compared to other options like live locusts, mealworms offer significantly higher protein supplements.

Here’s a quick breakdown for you:

Protein: 20%
Fat: 13%
Fibre: 2%
Moisture: 62%

With the nutritional breakdown above, it’s easy to see how live mealworms can help your pets grow and stay strong.

Our live mealworms products in the UK come in different varieties to satisfy different needs. We have giant mealworms for bigger pets and mini variants for young pets.

If you want to add variety to your pet’s diet, we also have live brown crickets on sale. Our collection of pet food also includes frozen rats, frozen mice and snails for sale to satisfy varied pet feeding needs.

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How to Feed Live Mealworms to Your Pets

Deciding to buy live mealworms online is only the first step. To make sure your pets get maximum nutritional benefits from mealworms, here are a few tips for you.

By practising gut loading, you can exert some modicum of control on the nutritional value of live mealworms for geckos. We recommend gut loading live mealworms one day before feeding them to your pet.

Unlike live locusts with streaks of colour that attract reptiles and birds, live mealworms have a pretty bland colour spectrum. If you own a lazy pet, it may be hard to entice it to feed on mealworms.

Before feeding live mealworms to chickens or reptiles, remove them from the holding container and leave them in a feeding dish for an hour. An hour under room temperature conditions should be enough for the mealworms to get active and start wiggling around. Active mealworms are more enticing to reptiles, birds and other animals.

Before offering live mealworms to your pet, consider sprinkling them with calcium or multivitamin supplements. Doing so will account for the calcium deficiency in live mealworms.

If you aren’t feeding your pet by hand, we recommend putting the live mealworms in a shallow dish. By doing so, it’ll be harder for the worms to wriggle out while your pet is feeding.

Buying Live Mealworms for Reptiles: How to Store Mealworms

While we guarantee next day delivery for live mealworms in the UK, we can bet your pet won’t be exhausting all the food in one day. Therefore, it’s important to know how to store live mealworms for chickens and other animals.

Here’s what you need:

A Storage Container

A large shallow container with smooth sides is the best for holding live mealworms. You want the container to be as big as possible to prevent overheating and improve their survival chances.

Mealworms can chew wood or climb up a wooden surface. Therefore, we recommend using a glass or plastic holding container. It’s best if it’s transparent, as this enables you to monitor waste levels in the container.


Two to three inches of substrate material like bran meal, cornmeal and oatmeal will keep live mealworms for chickens in great condition. Grind the substrate material to powder to make it easy to pick the mealworms when you need them.

Feeding Live Mealworms

While we groom our live mealworms for sale to the best possible condition, you can add to their nutritional value by following a careful feeding regimen.

Half a cup of fresh vegetables, raw carrots and raw potatoes are the staple of a healthy diet for mealworms. Cut the potatoes and carrots into small pieces before spreading them in the container.


Live mealworms for reptiles also need to drink water. While vegetables are a good source of moisture, you can add to it by providing a water source in a tall jar. We recommend purchasing water supplements specifically for mealworms. These supplements usually have calcium which makes up for the deficiency in mealworms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions:

How Long Do Mealworms Live?

Mealworms remain as pupae for one or two weeks. After this timeframe, they’ll develop into darkling beetles.

How Do You Take Care of Live Mealworms?

You can store live mealworms in a refrigerator. You just have to take them out weekly. When you take them out, provide food in the form of potatoes and fresh vegetables.

Are Dried Mealworms as Good as Live?

Dried mealworms aren’t as good as live mealworms. Mostly, this is because they lose moisture content compared to live mealworms.

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