Many people are afraid of the idea of feeding live food to their reptiles. However, with many pet reptiles, live food is necessary for their health. If you follow these steps, you can easily feed your reptiles the live food that they need.
1. What do I feed my new pet?
Many reptiles live primarily on crickets. Additional types of insects used to feed reptiles include mealworms, superworms and Phoenix worms. Many reptiles have one particular kind of food that is their main food, while others can be used to supplement or as occasional "treats."
2. How do I take care of the live food?
Live feeder insects require only a very small amount of care. Crickets can be housed in a small plastic box (the Lee’s Kricket Keeper is perfect), and providing them with Ghann’s Cricket Chow and Ghann’s Critterade is a quick and easy way to make them more nutritious for your reptile.
3. What size insect do I use?
A general rule is to feed your reptile insects that are no larger than about 1/2 the width of the animal's head (or, about the distance between his eyes). Live crickets come in sizes ranging from "pinhead" (about the size of an ant) to adult (about 1" long). If you buy crickets that are too big, you're kinda stuck, but if you buy them a little small you can always feed your animal a few more to make up for their small size, AND you can keep them longer as well.
4. Should I coat the insects with vitamin powder?
Most professional reptile breeders say YES, to provide additional nutrients to your reptile. The easiest way is to put a pinch of Rep-Cal Calcium with Vitamin D3 powder in a Cricket Shaker, add the crickets or worms, and shake 'em up. When your reptile catches and eats the crickets or worms, it is now getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs.
5. How much do I feed my new pet?
Putting too much live food in with them at once is unwise. Uneaten insects can aggravate your reptile, or possibly even injure it (if the reptile does not eat the crickets right away, the crickets will soon get hungry and may start feeding on your reptile!) Don't put in more live food than the reptile will eat in about 15 minutes.
6. What other options do I have?
If you are uncomfortable with feeding live food, try freeze dried crickets. Some reptiles will eat them immediately, for others you may need to use tongs to dangle and wiggle the cricket in front of the animal to entice them to eat it.
7. Can I feed my reptile crickets that I catch?
We do not recommend feeding wild-caught crickets, as you risk exposing your reptile to disease or environmental toxins such as pesticides. Ghann's crickets are produced in a controlled environment, and are fed a specially formulated diet that insures they are hardy, healthy, and nutritious for your animal.