Oats For Gut-loading Mealworms?

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Does anyone have thoughts on adding oats (like Quaker oats that would make oatmeal) to the sawdust? I saw something somewhere about using a bed of oats but I wanted to ask about the exact type I'd be using before I threw it in.
Mine are intended for a Leopard Gecko but I'm not sure if that actually matters or not.
 

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I have used Quaker regular oats as the only substrate, and it works well as long as the humidity is low (could mold otherwise). I’m not sure about the gut loading part, but the mealworms grew quite well and bred on the oats diet. Maybe fast the worms a day before you feed, in case undigested oats constipates the animal you’re feeding or something.
 

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I keep my mealworms in wheat bran and feed them veggies. I let the veggies dry out for a day or two to avoid the wheat bran from getting wet/ moldy
 

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It definitely matters what you’re feeding them too. Oats don’t have much nutritional value so they’re good to feed when you’re trying to get a colony going, but for gutloading you’d want things like carrots, leafy greens, and other veggies. Feed these things 24 hours before feeding them to your gecko! I would also switch up his diet every once and a while because mealworms are high in fat and he’d do better if you added things like crickets and dubia roaches to his diet (to ensure he doesn’t become over weight).
 

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My brother has a leopard gecko, and he gut loads his crickets with organic fruits and vegetables.
I recommend collard, kale, spinach, broccoli, strawberries, carrots, and celery.
His crickets eat everything he puts in, and its a healthy diet for the gecko because she's getting healthy crickets.

It's not recommended to directly feed your pet crickets that came from the store without gutloading first.
Always gut load for 24 hours before you feed the animal.
I hope this helps, good luck!

Edit:
Mealworms and crickets love dry leaf litter, it's torn to shreds every day.
I always fed my mealworms emerald greens and leaf litter which they love.
 

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I used a mix of baby carrots, greens and apple. Sometimes squash.

I use this for crickets and superworms. We cannot buy dubias in FL sadly
 

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