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Tips On Using Feeder Insects for Reptiles

Insects you can feed a pet reptile

How much do you examine the nutritional information on the labels of foods you consume? You probably pay attention to carbs, protein, fat, and vitamins, depending on your health and dietary goals.

Staying healthy as a person requires paying attention to what you consume and pursuing a well-balanced diet. In the same way, it is necessary to pay attention to what you feed your reptiles for their wellbeing.

Nowadays, many people are keeping reptiles as pets, and if you're one of them, you should get some basic information about feeding your reptile. All reptiles have one thing in common: they all enjoy eating!

Feeder insect suppliers like hornworms can provide nutritious and tasty choices for your pet. You have various feeder insects to choose from when it comes to preparing your reptile's diet.

Let's take a look at the types of feeder insects available to make the best decision for your pet.

What feeder insects do your reptile pets eat?

Pet reptiles tend to choose their feeder insects based on their preferences. Many pet owners want their pets to consume according to their choice so that this food preference can be aggravating. Although most geckos enjoy crickets, they all adore Dubia roaches, which provide excellent nutrition.

It's not just about the taste for your pet reptile; you should also understand food, which necessitates a high-fat, high-protein, high-fibre, and high-calcium diet. The fibre needs of your reptile are fulfilled when you feed them green leafy vegetables.

Crickets as feeder insects

Crickets have long been the most common pet for a variety of reptiles. They're a high-energy live feeder that encourages pets to eat and move about.

Crickets have 70% of your pet reptile's moisture needs, as well as 20% protein and 3% ash. Crickets have the advantage of being inexpensive and readily accessible at most online and offline pet shops. You can easily locate a cricket that is the right size for your pet reptile.


For your pickiest eater, consider hornworms to be the macaroni and cheese for your insects. They're also high in water and great for rehydrating! Sizes range from 12" to 34" in length. They are the best food for leopard geckos, adult bearded dragons, and chameleons.

Dubia Roaches are a great source of nutrition for pet reptiles

Dubia roaches, with a protein content of 22%, are the best choice for your pet reptiles for various reasons. They can't get out of your pet reptiles' enclosure because they're poor climbers. Dubia roaches often have the advantage of not emitting a foul odour like crickets and are easier to rear and sustain. These clean insects, which are equivalent to 7 crickets in mass, are easier to feed your reptiles, and they make excellent feeding choices for larger reptiles.


Mealworms, Superworms, and Giant Mealworms are common choices for feeding chickens and breeding insectivorous birds, but because of their high-fat content and hard exoskeleton, they should only be provided to lizards on special occasions, as too many are thought to cause gut impaction. They can also be used as a reward to encourage a positive feeding response in many pets.


Due to their high protein content, silkworms are an excellent alternative for both reptiles and amphibians. Large fish, birds, lizards, and frogs all have a strong feeding response to their movement. With a high protein content and reasonable calcium to phosphorus ratio, live silkworms grown solely on mulberry leaves are one of the most nutritious options for reptiles. They also have soft exoskeletons, making them easier to absorb and less likely to cause intestinal obstruction.

Waxworms have a lot of fat in them

Waxworms can be fed to your pet reptiles. However, they are high in fat (24%). They have a moisture content of 59% and a protein content of 14%. These thin-skinned insects are easier to feed your pet reptiles, and they're rich in protein and calcium. If your pet reptile is underweight, feeding wax worms regularly will help it gain weight.


Earthworms have very low fat and protein content, making them an excellent treat or diet choice for lizards and frogs. They do need calcium brushing before feeding due to the relatively low calcium to phosphorus ratio.

Is water essential for reptiles?

A common misconception among reptile owners is that reptiles do not need water. Your Pets do need water to survive. Many reptiles, on the other hand, get their moisture from the natural foods they consume. Feeding your pet reptile insects with high moisture content is a smart idea.

What is the best way to keep live feeder insects?

Live feeders have a variety of storage requirements, which should be considered before purchasing. There are a few general rules that apply to all types of live feeders, including:

  • Toxins - Live feeders must be held in a well-ventilated environment so that they are not exposed to poisonous fumes like cleaning materials, smoke, or insecticides. Furthermore, any fresh food given to the live feeders should be properly washed to remove any residual insecticides.
  • Ventilation - A well-ventilated storage facility and container are important to help keep condensation and moisture at bay, in addition to reducing the possibility of toxic fumes. The health of your live feeders can be jeopardized by high humidity.
  • Light - Live feeders must always be kept in the dark, out of direct sunlight area.

To sum it up

Although there are several feeder insect choices for pet reptiles, it is important to check the nutritional content of each kind of insect before feeding it to your reptile.

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