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Food for Lizards and Bearded Dragons

All living things must eat in order to flourish and live a long, healthy and happy life, and what may be one person’s pesky creature crawling or flying around the house is another animal’s delectable delight. It’s your job as your pet’s caretaker to make sure he has plenty of nutritious, tasty food on hand, regardless of how unpleasant it may smell or seem to you. Reptiles have a very specific diet, and different reptiles require different types of food sources, so you have to do a bit of research before ordering your pet reptile’s food. You can also ask an experienced reptile owner for some advice as to what type of food is most recommended for your pet snake, turtle, lizard, bearded dragon or other reptile. Regardless of the type of pet you own, Zen Pet Supplies is your one-stop shop for everything you could ever want to feed your reptilian buddy.
For smaller carnivorous lizards and amphibians, feeding them a varied diet that includes insects dusted with supplements, such as calcium and vitamins, helps to promote optimal health. For larger carnivorous reptiles, such as lizards and snakes, rodents provide the nourishment they need, which means feeding them mice in certain cases. However, Zen carries food for bearded dragons and lizards that comes in a can with a lid almost identical to that of canned cat food, and we have specially formulated frog food for young and adult frogs. We have hermit crab food, turtle food and even food that provides crickets and other feeder insect calcium for gut-loading insects prior to feeding them to your reptile. If your reptile is not eating, find out what time of day it normally eats in the wild. If you have a nocturnal pet that you’ve been feeding in the morning, he won’t eat and the reverse is true for non-nocturnal reptiles.

Lizards are one of the biggest groups of reptiles with over 3800 recorded species and can range in size from a few inches in length to nearly ten feet in length and weigh in at over 100 pounds. The diversity of this suborder, from geckos to komodo dragons, makes it a hard to fathom that all of these animals are members of the same family. Some species are difficult to care for, but others are quite easy and versatile. The majority of commonly kept lizards are insectivores and can be kept alive on an easy diet of crickets with a few supplements. Knowing the species of your lizard is the first step for ensuring its proper nutrition. For example, bearded dragons are omnivorous. A good diet for a bearded dragon will include plenty of leafy greens as well as crickets and even mice. Geckos like to hunt down insects, but also love sweet fruits. One treat for geckos is baby food made from fruits. Iguanas require a wide variety of vegetables, greens and fruits to have their nutritional needs met, which makes them one of the more difficult lizard species to keep as pets. It's important to remember that lizards love a good chase and will often reject food that is already dead. Live crickets and worms are sold in many pet stores for this reason. Zen Pet Supplies carries these and other lizard food in our current inventory; please shop for all your lizard’s needs here today.