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RE: I know this is old but...

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Posted by: Fireside3 at Mon Oct 1 00:40:58 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Fireside3 ]  
   

But your message does not discredit the science of the makeup of these larvae that I know to be fact. I have studied this in depth, and have spoken to biologists about it. I know about the carbon bonds in triglyceride fats, and the metabolic work it takes to break those bonds, to allow the constituents to pass through the intestinal barrier, and be used or recombined in the blood stream for storage. I know that the metabolism is slower for reptiles because they are ectothermic, and that such metabolic work for them to break carbon bonds consumes water stores and requires more heat of them, and it also draws metabolism down further, which may lead to other complications. I'm not saying that they should never be offered...but they are not healthy, because they are mostly fat, sodium, and chitin; and too many people think they are healthy all the time offerings.

I know too much about this to be swayed by anecdotal observations by lay persons. You don't know why your Tokays were large or good breeders. It could as much have had something to do with other food offerings, temps, humidity, lighting, supplementation, or just genetics. It could also be that your Tokays got the way they did in spite of being offered mealworms and superworms all the time.
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