How and What to Feed a Lizard
Taking care of a pet lizard can be fun. Feeding your lizard, on the other hand, can be quite the task. Most lizards eat both meat and vegetables which makes them omnivores. Lizards should be fed 2-3 times a day. Some lizard food consists of crickets, meal worms, earth worms, and other small insects. Lizards also eat a variety of vegetables, but you will find that their food of choice is mainly insects. Vegetables like collard greens, parsley, broccoli, kale greens, and bok choy, seem to also fulfill the lizard’s appetite. Lizards prefer the taste of leafy greens over any other vegetable. Fruit can be given, but only in very small portions.
Making sure that your lizard supplies are sufficient and work properly in their terrariums is very important for lizard care. When lizards are not given the appropriate amount of food, it can cause them to become aggressive towards other lizards in their cage. If lizards are fed too much food, it can cause for them to have intestinal blockage, especially in juvenile lizards. Always make sure that lizards are given fresh water and that insects have not dispelled any waste in the lizard’s water supply. Place lizard’s food onto a plate, so that the lizard will not eat other objects in the terrarium such as small rocks.
Lizards also must have heat in order to successfully digest their food. Use an incandescent light in a corner of the terrarium so the lizard can go in and out of the heat if it needs to cool off. Always use a thermometer to make sure you do not go near 97 degrees Fahrenheit. Lizards can overheat can die, so make sure that the terrarium is at the correct temperature. Improper care such as a bad diet for lizards is the most common medical problems. Feed your growing pet enough food and plenty of water in order to help it reach its maximum growth.
Proper lizard care will help your pet live a longer and healthier life span.