Insects as reptile food

In free nature, insects are staple or supplementary food for most reptiles.

This usually depends of the reptile’s size and the food supply.

Although reptiles prefer to feed themselves on live insects because moving feed stimulates their appetite, Topinsect insects are considered to be a real treat.

The underneath-mentioned species are known to have insects on their daily menu

- Lizards:

goannas, iguanas, chameleons, dragons, anolis, geckos, skinks, ameivas, real lizards.

- Snakes:

vipers and pit vipers, poisonous snakes, pythons, constrictors, smooth snakes, threadsnakes. Only the young of larger snakes eat an insect from time to time.

- Crocodilians:

crocodiles, alligators and caimans, gavials. It goes without saying that only very young crocodiles eat insects.

- Turtles:

land turtles, terrapins, mud and musk turtles, snapping turtles, soft-shell turtles.