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Lost mealworm

nammysu

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Hello all!

I have a box turtle in an indoor enclosure with mulch substrate. While feeding, 1 mealworm managed to escape. I tried chasing it down, but after 30 seconds it was GONE. Should I be concerned? Remove all my substrate? Just leave it?

Thanks!
 

Tom

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It won't harm a turtle in this situation. I'd leave it alone.
 

Calaveras

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If you still want to find it, drop a carrot or other high moisture root vegetable in there at night and the meal worm will be chewing on it by morning.
 

nammysu

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Update:

I was just sitting here looking at the turtle when I noticed a wiggling wood chip. I went in for a closer look and picked up the chip and found the worm! I also dug around a bit and found 2 more worms!

Side note that may or may not be related. I've been noticing a lot of tiny fruit flies buzzing around in there.
 

Yvonne G

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Meal worms turn into beetles, not fruit flies. It's very hard to have a moist turtle environment and not get gnats. It's one of the banes of a turtle-keeper's existence.
 
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