Live foods include crickets, mealworms, wax worms, pinkies, mice, rats and feeder fish. It is important to select the appropriate size of live foods for your reptile so that they can appropriately digest them. Some live foods such as mice and rats are also available frozen and can be thawed out before feeding.
Pelleted foods, such as Rep-Cal Maintenance Formulas, are formulated to ensure proper growth and health. They contain natural plant and fruit ingredients and are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Pelleted diets are available in a variety of formulas for many different reptiles
Prepared moist diets, such as Nature Zone Bearded Dragon Bites, provide complete nutrition with amino acids, vitamins and minerals in a convenient ready to eat formula
Canned cooked diets are cooked in the can to lock in natural juices and ready to eat. They are available in a variety of forms such as crickets, meal worms, snails and even grasshoppers. They can be a convenient alternative to live foods, and can also be fed as a treat.
Reptile dietary needs can be divided into three basic groups-carnivore/insectivore, herbivore, and omnivores. Some reptiles also have dietary and nutritional requirements that change as they mature. For example, young bearded dragons need high amounts of insects and lower amounts of vegetables, while adult bearded dragons exactly the opposite need the opposite.
Carnivores and Insectivores, such as Leopard Geckos and Collared Lizards, need live or canned cook diets. Some can also eat prepared moist diets in addition to this.
Herbivores, such as Iguanas, can eat pelleted or prepared moist diets in addition to large quantities of vegetables and fruits offered daily.
Omnivores, like Bearded Dragons, can eat any of the diets listed above, with the addition of vegetables and fruits.
Supplements such as Rep-Cal Herptivite Multivitamins, Rep-Cal Calcium and Re-Cal Calcium with Vitamin D3 can be dusted on live foods or sprinkled on salads.
There are also products such as R-Zilla Gut Load which can be fed crickets and mealworms to “super-charge” them with carbohydrates, calcium and beneficial calories to make them an ideal food source for reptiles. However, additional multivitamin and calcium supplements may still be required.