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Aussie Fauna Promoting Education and Pet Nutrition through silkworms


FAQ's

  • Why are your silkworm eggs cheaper than other suppliers in Australia?
  • Do you sell live silkworms?
  • Are the eggs you sell ready to hatch?
  • Can I return the eggs to the refrigerator and hatch at a later date?
  • How soon will my eggs hatch once they arrive?
  • How Much Silkworm Chow Do I Need?
  • How long can I store the silkworm chow for?
  • Shipping / Return Policy

Why are your silkworm eggs cheaper than other suppliers in Australia?

Aussie Fauna’s goal is to provide silkworms as an affordable staple feeder insect for Australian reptiles, invertebrates, fish, and insectivorous mammals. Rearing silkworms from eggs is by far the most economical way to provide your pets with the nutritional benefits of silkworms.Over the last several years Aussie Fauna has strived to improve production standards with decreased costs and increased quality control with great success. We are excited to pass on these savings to those that are interested in growing silkworms for their pets. Most importantly low costs does not equate to low quality. Aussie Fauna’s silkworms are bred in a veterinary approved facility which includes strict biosecurity, use of veterinary disinfectants to clean the facility and all equipment used to rear the silkworms. The silkworms are raised on premium European silkworm chow to ensure highest nutritional value. All of the eggs that you will receive have been “wintered” and are ready to hatch soon after arrival. You can expect over a 95% hatch rate of eggs provided, even so we still include extra eggs with every order to ensure that you start with the highest number of hatchlings possible!

Do you sell live silkworms?

Yes! We have recently started to sell live silkworms to the public! Aussie Fauna live silkworms are bred in our veterinary approved facility ensuring only the healthiest silkworms.  They are available year round as they are raised on a premium quality European silkworm chow (a mulberry based food).  Our live silkworms are shipped in the 2nd or 3rd instars (4th and 5th instar, i.e. larger silkworms, available on request and if available). The silkworms are shipped as a mixture of white seductress and zebra silkworms, if you prefer a certain strain please leave a note in the comments on checkout and we will do our best to provide your preference of white seductress or zebra, however this is based on availability and not guaranteed. All live silkworm orders are shipped via Australia Post Express on Mondays and Tuesdays. Live silkworms are not shipped to Western Australia or Tasmania.

Are The Eggs You Sell Ready To Hatch?

Yes, the eggs supplied have been “wintered” and have completed diapause. Before eggs are sold to the public, samples from each batch are hatched at our facility for quality assurance. If eggs have not hatched within 15 days of arrival please ensure that environmental conditions match that of the hatching instructions provided with each shipment. If you still are having problems please contact us.

Can I return the eggs to the refrigerator and hatch at a later date?

Eggs sent out have been removed from cold storage and have started to develop on their journey to your home. Once the eggs have arrived to your home it is too late to place into the refrigerator, and doing so may result in death of the developing worm and failure to hatch. For an extra fee, large orders can be shipped in a Styrofoam esky with a cooling pad. If shipped in this manner these eggs should be suitable for cold storage to hatch at a late time; however we cannot guarantee that refrigerated eggs will hatch due to improper temperature and storage procedures.

How soon will my eggs hatch once they arrive?

Silkworm eggs will hatch in approximately 2-7 days, depending on temperature and days in transit.

How Much Silkworm Chow Do I Need?

You can rear up to 1000 worms to about 4cm or 100 worms to cocoon on half a kilogram of the uncooked silkworm chow. So the amount of chow required really depends on how large you grow your silkworms before feeding them to your reptiles/frogs/birds/tarantulas, etc or if you plan on completing the life cycle of the silkworms and breeding the silkworms yourself.

How long can I store the silkworm chow for?

Uncooked dry chow can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one year. Once the chow is cooked it can be stored in the refrigerator for one month.

Shipping / Return Policy

Orders are shipped Monday-Wednesday, any orders received after 5pm Tuesday will be shipped the following week.

Orders are shipped via Australia Post, and shipping costs are based on weight and packaging.

Refunds are not available on the silkworm chow, live silkworms. or silkworm eggs. However, if there is a problem with the chow on arrival please contact us immediately and we will be happy to discuss possible options. Before eggs are sold to the public, samples from each batch are hatched at our facility for quality assurance. If eggs have not hatched within 15 days of arrival please ensure that environmental conditions match that of the hatching instructions provided with each shipment. If you are still having problems please contact us.

Live Silkworms Term and Conditions: All live silkworm orders will be shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays. Any order received after 5pm Monday evening will be shipped the FOLLOWING week.   All Live Silkworms are shipped via Australia Post Express and tracking numbers are available. If multiple products are purchased at the same time (i.e. silkworm chow), the live silkworms and the additional products will be shipped separately due to the high costs associated with the extra weight and express shipping. In extreme weather conditions (i.e. too hot in summer or too cold in winter) orders of live silkworms will be held and shipped when weather conditions improve (this is to the discretion of Aussie Fauna). The silkworms are packaged in a proven and tested method for shipping for several years with minimal mortalities and live arrival is guaranteed; however the purchaser is responsible to pay for the shipping and handling costs of the replacement worms. Once the silkworms arrive there is no further guarantee on the silkworms, so be sure to report any problems as soon as possible. Live silkworms are not available to ship to Western Australia and Tasmania.