Reptiles are a fantastic yet diverse group of animals that are cute and super fun to care for. They have a vast range of food requirements that must be incorporated into their diet. According to worldsbestdogfoods.org, No one diet fits all reptiles; for instance, tortoises are vegetarians while boa snakes are carnivorously exclusive. Despite different types of reptiles having different dietary needs, this guide is inclusive of all diets for each reptile.
Since we all have different preferences, chances that we are rearing the same reptile as a pet are low. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct adequate research on the food for your pet. Here is a list of each reptile, and what it should eat.
Most species feed on meat or insects. Their dietary need is meat; hence, they do not feed on vegetables or fruits. They can feed on;
• Larger mammals
• Other reptiles
• Eggs, though rare
The most natural food to feed your snake pet will be rodents. Some snakes prefer eating moving food, like mice that are alive. If you are sceptical about feeding a live mouse to your snake, consider choosing a non-carnivorous snake for your pet. We recommend rearing your rodents, to reduce the expense of feeding the snake.
There are a variety of lizards, most of the smaller ones being insectivorous. Nonetheless, other lizard species are omnivorous and herbivorous. Big lizards that feed on larger mammals are not commonly kept as pets.
Insectivorous lizards are recommended if you prefer killing crickets than rats. The species of the lizard greatly determines what it feeds on. However, most people have insectivorous lizards such as leopard geckos and anoles, which they feed mealworms, waxworms, and crickets. Iguanas are vegetarian, while bearded dragons are omnivores.
Finding crickets is easy since they are available at any pet supply store. Consider supplementing their feeds, for instance, with dog food to prevent them from developing nutrient deficiencies.
3. Turtles and Tortoises
Pet tortoises and turtles are herbivorous. They neither feed on insects, not meat. Since they are slow-moving, they prefer eating vegetables since they can’t run. They feed on lettuce, flowers, some fruits such as apples and mangoes, and other plants.
An in-depth look at common reptile foods
Depending on your pet, you have an idea of what to feed it. Let us take a more detailed look into two of the most common foods;
Crickets- They are easy to purchase in stores and online stores. Buying them in large quantities and storing for future use is a cost-effective strategy. However, crickets could end up escaping and scattering in your house. Crickets should be stored in 5-gallon cans or buckets and should be stored warm to ensure their survival. They should be fed on fresh food such as carrots and mixed greens.
Mealworms- they help your pet maintain body mass. However, they have a thick exoskeleton, which makes them difficult to digest. Also, overfeeding your pet with mealworms could cause regurgitation. You can purchase them in bulk and keep them in a gallon. They should be fed on wheat bran and carrots or leafy vegetables.
Sometimes, you may have the right type of food for your pet, but it refuses to eat. While it is obvious some captive animals fail to eat, consider researching on the time the reptile eats typically. For instance, feeding a nocturnal species early in the day is wrong, since it will not eat. Similar to how a diurnal lizard fed at night will not eat.