Live Woodies Care Sheet


PetWave Premium Quality Woodies can be added to the diet of many animals to help provide a balanced and natural nutritious diet. As active movers, Woodies are also perfect for animals who are stimulated by the movement of live food in order to eat. Woodies are extremely clean.

Woodies are suitable for feeding to the following pets:

  • Lizards, including Bearded Dragons
  • Frogs & Turtles
  • Predatory Fish such as Large Cichlid, Barramundi and Oscars
  • Insect eating birds
  • Chickens
  • Rats & Mice
  • Spiders
  • Wildlife

Woodies contain: 60.2% moisture, 29.4% protein, 6.2% fat, 750mg/kg Calcium & 2600mg/kg Phosphorous.

Feeding Woodies to Your Pet: Place enough woodies to feed your pet in a small transfer container.

Feed the woodies at a rate that allows your pet to eat them immediately.

Gutloading is the simple process of feeding your woodies high quality nutritious foods containing healthy minerals and vitamins supplements, so that the nutrition is passed to your pet. Feed the Gutload to the woodies up to 24 hours before by putting them in a dedicated container with food covered with Gutload and dust calcium powder on your Mealworms immediately before you feed them to your pet. Organic Gutload and Calcium Powder can be purchased online from PetWave.

Housing Your Woodies: There are many options for storage of your woodies. Ideally, if you plan on keeping for more than a week they should be unpacked as soon as possible after arriving. The most economical storage containers tend to be plastic sided tubs (say 60+ litre), commonly available from most discount and hardware stores. The tub needs to be extremely well ventilated, as woodies don’t survive long in high humidity environments (due to bacterial and fungal exposure). It is recommended that you replace most or all of the lid with fine mesh.

Please note that Woodies are incredible climbers being able to climb even the smoothest surfaces. To keep them within their containers, it is recommended that you create a barrier to stop them escaping eg. vaseline.

As woodies can cannibalise, they need places to hide. The most economical options are piles of egg cartons, paper towel and toilet rolls and/or corrugated cardboard. Paper towel and toilet rolls are also handy devices for easily capturing your woodies.

Most woodies are produced at temperatures around 20 to 25 Degrees C. Woodies stored at temperatures outside of this may have reduced life.

Toxic fumes can be very dangerous to your woodies including insecticides, cleaning products, dog shampoos, flea products, car fumes, smoke, etc.

Feeding Your Woodies: Woodies are veracious omnivores and will eat almost anything. Choose foods that you would be happy for your pets to eat. Thoroughly washed fresh fruit and vegetables such as carrot, pumpkin, cabbage, lettuce, apple, etc are ideal to meet both their food and water requirements. Dry dog food or rodent pellets are also a handy staple. No other water is required but some people also add a saturated sponge to be sure. Replace the food and clean up any waste every day or two to keep hygienic. Always ensure that there is sufficient food for the woodies, otherwise they might resort to cannibalism.

Woodie Sizes:  

  • Baby Woodies
  • Extra Small Woodies
  • Small Woodies
  • Medium Woodies
  • Large Woodies


Handy tubs & bulk supplies available in most sizes.

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