Can Hedgehogs Eat Wax Worms?

Hedgehogs are known to enjoy various things as a part of their diet. These small mammals love eating insects and munch on plants. Keeping a hedgehog as your pet means that you must care for its diet and all its needs. But can pet hedgehogs eat wax worms?

Yes, hedgehogs can eat wax worms. They are easy for hedgehogs to swallow and are packed full of nutrients. 

There are certain advantages linked with feeding wax worms to your hedgehog:

Wax worms are small and soft, which makes it easier for hedgehogs to chew and swallow. If your hedgehog is sick and not eating much, one wax worm is enough for it to gain nutrients. Unlike other worms, wax worms do not bite, so you do not need to worry about them harming your hedgehog.

How Many Wax Worms Do You Feed a Hedgehog?

It is important to know the amount and the frequency with which you should feed your hedgehog with any food item. The same goes for wax worms. Anything fed in excessive amounts is harmful to hedgehogs and can lead to various health problems.

Most hedgehogs love having wax worms, and they are around the size of a medium mealworm. To start, give your hedgehog one wax worm a day each night and then work around that. Since wax worms are fatty, it is best to maintain moderation while feeding them.

Hedgehogs are prone to gaining weight and becoming fat. Hence, eating lots of wax worms is not recommended. If your hedgehog enjoys eating wax worms, you can store some of them in the fridge.

Wax worms may not be a good option if you are on a budget. However, there are other worms and insects that you can still give your hedgehog.

Can You Feed Hedgehogs Meal Worms?

A notable worm that most hedgehogs enjoy is mealworms. These worms are cheaply available from any store, and hedgehogs love them. You can give your hedgehog mealworms, and if it enjoys it a lot, you can store some in the refrigerator for a long time.

You should be careful with how often you feed mealworms to your hedgehog. Feeding too many mealworms can lead to serious health problems. In addition, mealworms can cause damage to your hedgehog’s bones and teeth if fed regularly as they contain phosphorus.

You should only give your hedgehog mealworms as a treat as you would give candy to a child. Giving your hedgehog mealworms to eat once or twice a week is enough. However, it is important to ensure that you do not give more than four mealworms in a week to your hedgehog.

Hedgehogs Mealworms

If you are feeding too many mealworms to your hedgehog, it cannot be easy to get them to stop. Mealworms are quite addictive to hedgehogs.

The problem is that mealworms are also fattening. If you feed too many mealworms, your hedgehog can get fat. If your hedgehog is already overweight, you should avoid giving mealworms altogether.

You can give your hedgehog live mealworms to eat.

Live mealworms can be good for your hedgehog if fed in moderation. You can place live mealworms in your hedgehog’s cage, so it comes out and searches for them. Many people have questions regarding dried mealworms and whether they are as good as live worms.

It is best to avoid feeding dried mealworms to your hedgehog as they contain no nutritional value. Apart from this, dried mealworms can lead to digestive problems and can be difficult to pass for the hedgehog.

Are Worms Good for Hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs are known to be big insectivores, but they also enjoy feeding worms. Worms are good for hedgehogs as they provide them with protein and fats. So if your hedgehog is sick and has not been eating well, one worm is sufficient for it to gain nutrition.

However, with giving worms to your hedgehog, it is important to know which ones will not harm them and which ones will. You cannot give all kinds of worms to your hedgehog, as it is a sensitive animal. Refrain from giving wild worms or earthworms as you do not know what they have been eating and are likely to be affected by pesticides.

One such worm you can give your hedgehog, however, are morio worms. Before you give these worms to your hedgehog, you should squish the head so it does not bite. Hedgehogs also like to eat super worms, and their heads should be squished too.

These worms contain a good amount of chitin which is essential for the health of your hedgehog’s quills. Finally, you can give your hedgehog hornworms, and if it is underweight, feeding wax worms is the best choice.

Summary

Hedgehogs are known to enjoy all sorts of creepy crawlies, and one of them includes worms. You can feed your hedgehog different worms as they can be good for it. Worms are a good source of protein and contain fats for your hedgehog.

One popular worm among hedgehogs is wax worm. Wax worms are soft, which causes hedgehogs to chew them easily. These worms are, however, fattening and hence, should be fed in moderation to your hedgehog.

If you have a relatively weak hedgehog, you can give it wax worms to gain weight.

Mealworms are also common for hedgehogs to eat and are enjoyed greatly. A good thing about mealworms is that they are cheap and can be stored for a long time. However, you should avoid giving freeze-dried mealworms as they can cause digestive problems.

Also, refrain from giving your hedgehog wild worms from your garden, as they can be affected by pesticides that can harm your hedgehog.

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Hey, I'm Brian and I love hedgehogs. They're curious little animals that fascinate me. Over the years, I've become extremely knowledgeable about hedgehogs so have decided to share that knowledge here