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A good source of protein for lizards, Butterworms
(Chilecomadia moorei) are also high in fat.
They should not form the basis of your lizards diet,
but are a good addition as a 'snack'.
The Butterworm is actually the Chilean
Moth in its larval stage. They measure anywhere from
half an inch to 1 3/4 inches in length.
Their favorite natural homes are the Tebo Trees in
central Chile. Butterworms can also
be referred to as either Tebo Worms or Sweet
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Food & Water
In the wild, the butterworm eats the
leaves from the Tebo Tree. If you keep your worms in the
refrigerator, they do not need to be fed anything. The
hibernated state slows their metabolism and negates any
need for food. Like the food, butterworms
wil alsol not need any water when in their hibernated
Lighting, Temperature & Humidity
You can store butterworms in a refrigerator, where
they should be kept at temperatures ranging from 5 degrees
C to 10 degrees C..
Keep your butterworms in a plastic
container, with an organic substrate, like oat meal
or wheat bran. Place the container in the refrigerator,
but make sure they will be dry. Check the worms after
about an hour. If they are webbing the substrate together,
leave them. If they are not, change the substrate right
away. Damp substrate will lead to mould forming. They
can survive anywhere from 1 to 4 months in a hibernated
Butterworms are irradiated before being
shipped from Chile. This is done to kill off any bacteria
to prevent the butterworm from ever pupating into a moth.
These butterworms cannot be cultured at home.
The main point to pay attention to is the dampness of
the substrate the worms are kept in. You want to avoid
mould growing in the container. Mould can lead to problems
if digested by your lizard. If substrate becomes damp,
change it immediately.