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Common Reptile Food Sizes and info

Insects:

Rodents/Animals:



Crickets


Info: Crickets are the most common and most abundant reptile food supply available. They are cheap to buy, easy to care for, and easy to find in pet shops and online stores.
Nutritional Value: Not to high. Crickets are actually not to nutritious when you buy them. Once you have them, it is best to feed them cricket food to fill them with vitamins and nutrients to make them healthier for your pets.
Size Range: 1/32" to 1"
Ideal For: Most lizards and frogs.
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Mealworms


Info: Mealworms are the larvae of the Mealworm Beetle. They are another food item that is easy to buy for your reptiles, but aren't as healthy as crickets are.
Nutritional Value: High in fat and moisture, so they are good to feed to skinny and dehydrated reptiles. However, young reptiles will have a hard time eating and digesting them due to there stronger exoskeleton, so it's not advised to feed them to young reptiles.
Size Range: 1/4" to 1"
Ideal For: Most lizards and frogs, but not juveniles.
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Superworms / Kingworms


Info: Kingworms are the larvae of a Darkling beetle and are quite similar to mealworms, except they are much larger and not as widely available.
Nutritional Value: High in fat and moisture, so they are good to feed to skinny and dehydrated reptiles. However, young reptiles will have a hard time eating and digesting them due to there stronger exoskeleton, so its not advised to feed them to young reptiles.
Size Range: 1/2" to 2.5"
Ideal For: Most lizards and frogs, but not juveniles.
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Waxworms


Info: Waxworms are the larvae of the waxmoth. They aren't as widely available as the above two foods.
Nutritional Value: Waxworms are higher in fat and moisture then mealworms and waxworms. They also lack the tough exoskeleton that mealworms and superworms have so they can be fed to younger lizards.
Size Range: Usually around 1/2 inch.
Ideal For: Most lizards and frogs.
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Phoenix Worms


Info: Phoenix Worms are the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly. They aren't a very common food but are pretty similar to wax worms
Nutritional Value: Higher in fat and moisture then mealworms and waxworms. They also lack the tough exoskeleton that mealworms and superworms have so they can be fed to younger lizards.
Size Range: Usually around 1/2"
Ideal For: Most lizards and frogs.
Very high in calcium, but low in protein.

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Wire Worms


Info: Wireworms are the larvae of a species of Click Beetle. They are quite uncommon in the pet trade as they aren't nearly as healthy as everything else in the list.
Nutritional Value: Due to how skinny and slender they are, wireworms are low in moisture and fat but high in chitin, which is hard to digest by young reptiles. Size Range: 1/2" to 1"
Ideal For: Older lizards and frogs.
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Silkworms


Info: Silkworms are the larvae of the silk moth. They are the same caterpillars that produce silk for clothing. They aren't too common in the pet trade yet due to costing much more then other things in the list.
Nutritional Value: Silkworms are very good nutritionally, possibly the best of all the insect items on this list. They are high in moisture, not too high in fat, and have no tough exoskeleton to worry about.
Size Range: 1" to 2"
Ideal For: Most lizards and amphibians.
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Fruit Flies


Info: Fruit Flies come in 2 species, Drosophila Melanogaster and Drosophila Hydei. They look nearly the same, except the 2nd one is slightly larger but reproduces slower. They are easy to culture and widely available online. However, due to there very small size they aren't good for feeding to anything but very small lizards and dart frogs.
Nutritional Value: Fruit Flies are quite low in nutrition. When feeding them it is best to dust them with a vitamin powder or calcium powder so your reptiles get there needed nutrition.
Size Range: 1-2mm
Ideal For: Very small lizards and dart frogs.
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Roaches


Info: There is a very wide variety of roaches available on the market which range in size, ease of care, and breeding. They are basically like giant crickets and are a better suited for larger reptiles. Pictured above are the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and the Death's Head Roach.
Nutritional Value: Quite similar to crickets, but higher in moisture.
Size Range: 1/4" to 3"
Ideal For: Most reptiles and amphibians.
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Fruit Beetle Grubs


Info: Fruit Beetle Grubs are the larvae of the Fruit Beetle, also known as Japanese Beetles and June Bugs. Since they aren't common in the pet trade, the easiest way to get some of these is from places selling live bait for fishing.
Nutritional Value: These guys are similar to wax worms and phoenix worms. they are high in moisture and fat, but don't have a tough exoskeleton.
Size Range: 1/2" - 2"
Ideal For: Most lizards and amphibians.
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Earthworms


Info: Like Fruit Beetle Grubs, Earthworms aren't common in the pet trade and the easiest place to buy them is from places selling live bait.
Nutritional Value: Of all the insects listed on this page, Earthworms are probably the highest in fat and moisture. As such they are good to feed to skinny or dehydrated reptiles to help fatten them up. They can be easily cut up for smaller reptiles as well.
Size Range: Up to 6"
Ideal For: Most lizards and amphibians.
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Mice


Info: Mice are the most common food for snakes and large meat eating lizards such as monitors. They are very easy to buy from pet shops and very easy to breed. You can get them living or frozen.
Nutritional Value: Really would depend on what they are fed. Overall, they are pretty good since they are an animal.
Size Range: 1" to 4" (not including tail)
Ideal For: Snakes 1/4" to 1.5" wide, meat eating lizards.
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Rats


Info: Rats are also a very common food for snakes and large meat eating lizards such as monitors. They are very easy to buy from pet shops and very easy to breed. You can get them living or frozen, and they are also much friendlier than mice.
Nutritional Value: Really would depend on what they are fed. Overall, they are pretty good since they are an animal.
Size Range: 2" - 10" (not including tail)
Ideal For: Snakes 1/2" to 4" wide, meat eating lizards.
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Guinea Pigs


Info: Guinea Pigs are sometimes fed to large snakes such as boas and pythons. They aren't commonly sold as a food item by pet shops so it will cost a bit more if you want to buy live Guinea Pigs to breed. However, they can often be bought online frozen.
Nutritional Value: Really would depend on what they are fed. Overall, they are pretty good since they are an animal.
Size Range: 4" - 12"
Ideal For: Large snakes, large meat eating lizards.
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Rabbits


Info: Rabbits are often fed to large snakes such as boas and pythons that are 10ft or longer or large lizards such as alligators. They aren't commonly sold as a food item by pet shops so it will cost a bit more if you want to buy live rabbits to breed. However, they can often be bought online frozen.
Nutritional Value: Really would depend on what they are fed. Overall, they are pretty good since they are an animal.
Size Range: 4" - 14"
Ideal For: Large snakes, very large meat eating lizards.
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Chickens


Info: Chickens usually aren't sold in pet shops, live or frozen. Usually, you have to get them from farm supply stores, either at the store itself or online. It's also possible to get frozen chickens online. Usually, people only buy adult chickens for very large snakes that are 15ft or longer or for very large lizards such as alligators.
Nutritional Value: No clue exactly, but birds are a much healthier food then rodents.
Size Range:Tennis ball sized to bowling ball sized.
Ideal For: Large snakes, very large meat eating lizards.
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Pigs


Info: Pigs usually aren't sold in pet shops, live or frozen. Usually, you have to get them from farm supply stores, either at the store itself or online. It's also possible to get frozen pigs online. Usually, people only buy pigs for snakes that are 20ft or longer or for large lizards such as alligators.
Nutritional Value: No clue.
Size Range: No clue.
Ideal For: Very large snakes, very large meat eating lizards.
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