Meal Worms

Posted in Reptile food on March 30th, 2009 by admin – 329 Comments

People often wonder how to keep and breed meal worms as reptile food. Amphibians eat them as well, so even though they’re not exactly lovely to look at, you can save time and money if you breed your own. They are easy to keep, and you’ll want them on-hand to feed your reptiles, anyway.

Regular meal worms are commonly used to feed reptiles and amphibians, and sometimes birds that are kept as pets. You can buy the regular type of worms in your local pet store, or online. These larvae are roughly an inch long, and their color is golden yellow.

Meal worms are actually the larval stage of the darkling beetle. These beetles go through a period of complete metamorphosis, with the stages of egg, larva, then pupa and beetle stages. The female beetle will lay between five hundred and a thousand white eggs, shaped like beans. The eggs hatch in roughly a week, and the larvae are very small at that time. The larval stage is the one you want to watch, since it is at this point that they are valuable for feeding reptiles.

When you buy meal worms from a pet store, they may instruct you to store them in the refrigerator. As unappetizing as this sounds, many reptile keepers will have a mini-fridge for this purpose. But you don’t actually need to refrigerate them unless you want the growth of the larvae to slow down. If you keep them at room temperature and feed them, you’ll know your reptiles are getting a healthy meal when you feed the meal worms to them.

Reptile Food

Posted in Reptile food on March 27th, 2009 by admin – 196 Comments

Recent years have seen more reptiles find their way into homes, and people inquiring about the best reptile food to give them. Reptiles are becoming almost as common a pet as birds or fish, so more people are wondering about the right way to feed their reptiles, to keep them healthy.

Veterinarians who specialize in reptile care have noted an increase in the number of illnesses suffered by reptiles as a result of inadequate nutrition. This is likely a problem because there isn’t as much information available on reptiles as there is on dog or cat or bird feeding. Actually, the popularity of pet reptiles has grown more quickly than the knowledge of the best reptile food to serve your pets.

Reptiles certainly have unique nutritional needs, as compared with most other pets. Owners need to understand their metabolism in order to understand why they should be fed certain types of reptile food. If you keep a reptile at lower temperatures than is recommended, and feed it more than it needs, it may cause anorexia, because the reptile’s metabolism slows when it is kept in cooler temperatures.

Active species of reptiles need more food that inactive species. If you are feeding reptile food with a lower nutritional value, you will need to increase your number of feedings. Active reptiles like racers and garter snakes should be fed once a week, while iguanas and geckos should be given food every day or every other day. In this way, you can keep your reptiles from becoming obese, which is problematic for a reptile.

Check at your local library or on the internet to find the specific feeding needs of the reptiles you own. Provide clean water and top-quality reptile food, and your reptile should be happy and healthy.

Lizard Food

Posted in Reptile food on March 24th, 2009 by admin – 175 Comments

There are several different types of lizard food you can offer your pet, to meet his nutritional needs. Crickets are one main source of food for carnivorous and omnivorous lizards. Make sure the crickets that you feed are loaded with nutrition before you feed them to your lizards.

Feed your crickets vegetables and fruits with a high nutritional level and a dust them with a supplement that includes multi-vitamins. When using crickets for your main lizard food, drop them into your lizard habitat while they are still alive, so the lizards can hunt them, as they would do in the wild. Don’t put in more crickets than your lizards will eat, or they will die and decompose, which will foul the habitat.

If you feed your lizards mice or other rodents, use frozen specimens only, because a vicious rodent can actually attack your lizards.

Sometimes lizards in the wild will eat fish, so you can include them as an occasional type of lizard food. Feed your lizards only freshwater fish, because saltwater fish can have a high salt contact that is not healthy for the lizards to consume.

Some worms are also used as lizard food. Butterworms, silkworms and meal worms can be valuable secondary foods for carnivorous lizards. Some lizards also eat the larvae of common earthworms, that you can probably find in your garden.

Make sure to regulate your lizards’ diet to their activity level and metabolic rate. Ensure that the food you give them is healthy and fresh, and also provide constant fresh water. By making sure that they eat only the most healthy of lizard foods available, you can help your reptile pets to live long lives.

Lizard supplies

Posted in Reptile food on February 28th, 2009 by admin – 142 Comments

Taking care of a lizard is a long term commitment. The lizard itself may be very cheap, but the equipment needed for a proper care can be very expensive. A lot of pet shops sell lizard equipment and there are a lot of webshops for lizard supplies available. The lizard supplies vary in quality and price. You can learn about the different brands and equipment types by joining an online community, there you can profit from the experience of the other users. You may also get a hint where to order cheap lizard supplies.

Snake Food

Posted in Reptile food on February 28th, 2009 by admin – 193 Comments

Most snakes are very easy to feed. You can get various frozen rodents in the pet stores as well as big living insects. Some people argue its unhuman to feed living food to snakes.

You can also get frozen snake food from different mail order companies. Keep the frozen food hygienically in the freezer. Before feeding the dead animals you have to warm them up. It can be dangerous for the snakes if you feed them frozen cold food. You can put the cold snake food in little plastic bags and put them in hot water, this way they will thaw very fast. Then feed the snake food to the snake when it is still worm.

Some people also feed living rodents. If you prefer this way of feeding just take care the snake doesn’t get hurt by their food.

Snakes don’t chew their food, they swallow their prey whole. The digestion works best if the food is still worm.

Iguana Food

Posted in Reptile food on February 28th, 2009 by admin – 148 Comments

Iguanas are herbivores, so they normally eat plants in there natural environment. Don’t try to feed them human things, they maybe like it, but it is not good for them. Most of their food should be greens. Most vegetables should only be feed in small amounts.

Most iguanas bought  in pet shops are juveniles. They grow very fast and need good food for the growth of bone and tissue. Quality iguana food for juveniles should contain high quality proteins as well as calcium and other nutrients. Adult iguanas require other types of food.  Their food should contain more fiber and less proteines, as they have stopped growing.

Sometimes it is not so easy to distinguish an juvenile iguana from an adult one. In such circumstances try to measure the length from snout to vent to get the approximate age of the iguana.  Try to balance the iguana food based on their age.

If the iguana is feed correctly, it shouldn’t need any additional vitamins, but if you like you can add some vitamines for reptiles from time to time to make sure they get all the nutrients they need.