The majority of the information you will need for feeding your omnivore reptile can be found in the herbivore and carnivore feeding information sections. If you have an omnivore, you should first read the guidelines for feeding carnivores and the guidelines for feeding omnivores. Once you have read each of those sections, then please come back and read this section.

Omnivores make a great first reptile for beginners. The wide variety of food they eat makes feeding convenient regardless of the time of year or your personal schedule. You can chop and prepare vegetables in advance, freeze in small freezer bags or reusable containers, and easily thaw for feeding time. If your local store runs out of crickets or feeder animals for a week, your reptile doesn’t have to go hungry. It can eat fruits and vegetables until the store restocks or you find another source.

Research your reptile

Before you purchase your omnivore, do plenty of research about it. Study its feeding habits, and understand if those habits will change at all as the animal matures or if the reptile will feed the same way throughout its life. One prime example of an omnivorous reptile that changes its eating habits is the Australian bearded dragon. When they are babies, their diets will consist almost entirely of crickets and small worms. They should always be offered some vegetables and fruit but they will almost exclusively eat bugs as babies. As they mature, their taste will change until they are eating up to 80% vegetables and fruit, and only a small amount of crickets and mealworms. If an owner doesn’t take the time to learn such important information, their new pet may not live a long healthy life.

Omnivore food balancing

Owners of omnivores often find themselves asking the question, “What percentage of my pet’s diet should be vegetables and what percentage should be meat?” The answer comes from the requirements of your particular animal. Some would like 75% meat and 25% vegetables, while others want the opposite, and yet others prefer a nice 50/50 balance. Use the vegetable and fruit guide in the herbivore feeding section to help you shop for good vegetables, and use the carnivore feeding guide to help you determine the best way to feed the meat portion of your animal’s diet once you have figured out your ratio of meat to vegetables.

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