What’s for Dinner?
Imagine, if you will, going to the grocery store and finding out that every aisle was stocked with only one kind of frozen meal…forever. You have to eat that same meal every day for the rest of your life. We would become bored with our food, not look forward to our next meal, and possibly even begin to lose our appetite.
The same thing can happen to reptiles and amphibians, when they are presented with the exact same food every single day with no variation. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the base of almost any herbivore or omnivore diet, but presenting them with other options, such as commercially prepared foods, will help with variety. Sometimes, it is necessary to mix up the commercially prepared foods with fresh foods, or convert an animal over to commercially prepared foods over time. The important thing is to offer as much of a variety as possible and let your reptile choose what it would like to eat that day.
Herbivore Reptiles & Omnivore Reptiles
Your vegetarian and omnivore reptiles will have a wide variety of food options available to them at your local grocery store, as well as some commercially prepared and vitamin enhanced foods available at PetSolutions. It is important to select foods which are safe but also interesting, nutritional, and appetizing to your animal.
Each reptile will have preferred foods and preferred methods of making the food a safe enough size to eat. This listing would be too detailed to cover within the scope of this article, so researching the requirements of your particular pet is necessary.
Your carnivorous reptile or amphibian will have a variety of foods available, as well, but those foods won’t be found at your local grocery store. Most reptiles and amphibians which are carnivorous will be accustomed to eating live food, such as crickets, mealworms, wax worms, fish or rodents. Even giving a variety of crickets and mealworms, with occasional wax worms as a treat, could be enough variety to keep your pet interested. To paraphrase: “Gecko does not live by cricket alone”.
Many of these animals can be converted over to frozen (and thawed) or other pre-packaged canned reptile foods, and, in the case of some small snakes, they can even sometimes be converted over to small pieces of fish filets if you are so inclined to work on that with them.
The more a pet owner can vary the diet of the reptiles in their care, the better health and appearance that pet will have, and the longer it can be enjoyed and loved as a part of the family.