How to Provide a Nutritionally Balanced Diet for my Reptile

One of the most common mistakes with keeping reptiles is incorrect nutrition. In nature a reptile will utilize a variety of food sources to get a full range of nutrients. In captivity reptiles are often fed a narrow selection of foods which lack diversity. Insects are high in fat, and don’t contain all the nutrients reptiles require. Overfeeding often results in obesity and malnutrition.

Each species will have its own nutritional requirements (refer to specialized reptile books for species specific information), however the following food mix is suitable for many lizard species:

  • A meat mix which containers reptile supplement- once or twice a week. This should be one of the most important food sources for a reptile. Reptile Meat Mix Recipe
  • For omnivorous species, fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Feeder insects such as crickets and cockroaches, with an occasional meal worm treat.
  • For larger species, whole animals such as mice or rats.
  • The occasional day fasting where no food is provided.

It is recommended to feed insects no more than 2 or 3 times a week. Insects should be dusted with vitamin and calcium powders as outlined in our “How to Gut Load and Dust Insects” care sheet

WildlifeHub has developed the most innovative and low maintenance Insect Breeding Systems in the world, which allows everyone to breed crickets, cockroaches and mealworms with minimum effort.

See our // insects for more details. Our books also show you how to filter the animals to the right size and easily dispense them to your reptile.

Recommended Reading:

Reptile Meat Mix Recipe
How to Gut Load and Dust Insects