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Feeding your reptiles a varied diet

Most commonly kept species of reptiles and amphibians eat insects in their natural diet. In the wild, most insect eating reptiles would eat up to twelve different species of insects in a single day and the best thing we can do for our pets is to try an supply a diet that is as close to their natural diets as possible.

For years, commercially bred crickets have made up the diets of many captive reptiles and that is why we are offering the opportunity to feed your reptiles a varied diet of insects that provides a natural variant of nutrition and care. Take a look at our shop, to find the variety of insects we have to offer: https://silkwormshop.co.za/shop/

Research states that feeding captive reptiles a singular diet of only crickets can quickly prove to be detrimental to their health and feeding them a varied diet is actually required to offer a larger variety of nutrients as well as being mentally stimulating.

The most common occurring nutritional disorder found in reptiles today are related to insufficient amounts of Calcium in their diets and in order for reptiles bone structures to develop properly, reptile owners need to supplement with gut loading their feeder insects, dusting them with calcium and/or providing feeder insects that are naturally high in Calcium such as the Black Soldier Fly Larvae and the Silkworm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND DUSTING WITH A HIGH QUALITY BRAND (such as Exoterra and Repashy) IN ORDER FOR YOUR PET TO RECEIVE ALL THE NECESSARY NUTRIENTS AND CALCIUM THEY NEED FROM THEIR DIET.

To get a full nutritional breakdown on insect feeders, take a look at our previous blog post: https://silkwormshop.co.za/2019/09/18/silkworms-as-a-feeder-insect/

Make sure to check out this link showing the various reptiles and what they all eat: https://www.thesprucepets.com/foods-for-pet-reptiles-4178760

Make sure to leave a comment if you have any questions.

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