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What Do Lizards Eat?

There are many types of lizards, and they range in size from very small geckos to large kimono dragons. For this article, we will focus on the types of lizards that are commonly kept as household pets. Many types of lizards can be kept as pets as they make friendly and long-living companions. Lizards eat a variety of foods depending on the species, so knowing which species of lizard you have is a vital first step when trying to provide proper nutrition.

Pet lizards typically have very different diets than their wild counterparts. Most of the commonly kept pet lizards are insectivores and can be kept alive on insects, but fruits, plants, and small animals are also great options for some lizards. For example, a good diet for a bearded dragon might include leafy greens as well as crickets, and even frozen mice. However, if you have a pet Gecko, you may want to consider feeding them insects and sweet fruits. Iguanas are different still, and they require a variety of vegetables, greens, and fruits to meet their nutritional needs.

Lizards have a wide range of dietary needs depending on the type, so you have to research your particular lizard species when determining a proper diet. Lizards that will eat frozen feeders include blue-tongue and other omnivorous skinks, bearded dragons, water dragons, many of the geckos, monitors of all types, sailfin lizards, basilisks, and teiids. Large amphibians, such as ornate horned frogs and bullfrogs, will also take frozen mice or frozen rats.

To learn more about the feeding habits of common reptilian pets, read about snake food and what geckos eat.


 

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