Hey there Herpers!
I have a question for you, Don’t you ever get a craving for something different in your daily diet? Something like, sugary snacks….. spicy chips….. CHOCOLATE?!? Do I sense a thought bubble popping up over your head? Is it filled with dreams of sweet and salty treats? Well, how do you think our poor reptilian friends feel?! YES, that’s where I was going with all this talk of delicious goodness!
Many of you ask, “What can I feed to my reptile as a substitute for their normal feed?” It’s Herpers like us that realize our critters mutual need for a little ‘something extra’ in their diets. Necessity? No. But it will make for a happier and healthier reptile buddy. SO I thought I would compose a “list” of safe and tasty treats to give your pet!
Mealworms, Superworms, Crickets, Roaches, Waxworms, Hornworms, and Silkworms are all suggested feeders for Leopard Geckos. ((For Crested and Gargoyle Geckos, it is suggested to stick with ‘Crested Gecko Diet’ in any sweet fruity flavor. ))
Crickets and leafy Lettuce are Beardies main dietary needs. But there are several options to add to your Beardies dinner list to kick his meal up a notch! Try adding some Endive, Carrots, Bok Choy, Alfalfa sprouts, Mealworms, Super worms, Roaches and even Mice! However, make sure to AVOID feeding your Beardie buddy partial meat pieces like chicken, heart, liver, turkey, gizzards, fish, wild caught insects, feeder lizards OR live rodents. These can cause serious health and safety issues for your Beardie.
Frogs and Toads may have one or two varying options as far as who can eat what, but in general, they stay about the same. Some mutual options would be mainly Crickets, Roaches, mealworms, Super worms and for big enough toads… feeder mice!
Despite the eating machines our tough shelled pals come off as, there are a few extra options to treating him with something nice. Mustard greens, Collard greens, Timothy Hay, Dandelion greens should be part of your Tortoises main diet. A wide range of wild plants such as, Orchard Grass, Oat Hay, dandelions, white clover and wild radish flowers provide the most natural tortoise diet. Mallow, mulberry and hibiscus flowers, and various other shrub leaves and flowers, add variety to the diet. You can supplement the diet with a little cucumber, lettuce and other salad vegetables as well as fruit *IN SMALL portions only ONCE in a while as a treat*. Mazuri Tortoise Diet and Zoo Med Tortoise Diets are great choices as well. Dog and cat foods, tomatoes, spinach, high sugar foods, high protein feeds like peas and other legumes, and also tinned meats and highly processed foods should be AVOIDED at ALL costs! TURTLES: Fish, Super worms, Mealworms, Bloodworms. Zoo Med and Exo-Terra Turtle Food are all acceptable options. They may even eat some small leaf lettuce if thrown into their water.
There is a lot of speculation as to what you may or may not feed your Iguana. Da Daa Da DAAAA!!!! We are here to the rescue!! First of all, a stress-free environment is an important factor in maintaining a healthy immune system for your lizard. Although many Iguanas may occasionally feed on an insect or two within its cage or in the wild, their diets should be primarily vegetarian. Sticking to just greens and vegetables will ensure proper health and longevity for your lizard! Proper greens and vegetables include Collard greens, Turnip greens, Mustard greens, Dandelion greens, Greenleaf lettuce, flowers, mulberry tree leaves, Spineless cactus, carrots, zucchini, green beans, butternut squash, asparagus, okra, alfalfa and more!
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Here are some things you should know about what to AVOID when choosing a treat for your pet:
1. NEVER feed your pet wild caught insects or rodents. These animals may have ingested poisons or have disease that could spread to your pet.
2. Make sure to sprinkle necessary calcium/vitamin powders on any greens, veggies, or insects you feed your pet. This supplies them with the much needed supplements to provide healthy growth, immune systems and ensure a longer happier life!
3. ALWAYS make sure to feed appropriately sized insects and rodents to your pets. Neglect in this area could cause sickness or death by under or over feeding your animal.
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Hope this blog was resourceful and helps you on your way towards reptilian happiness!