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Reptiles and Amphibians

Bearded DragonThere are literally hundreds of different reptile and amphibian species available at various pet stores and reptile expos. With such variety, it is hard to make generalizations that cover all animals. To help you get started, some basic nutrition guidelines will be listed based on whether and animal is an herbivore (plant eater), omnivore (plant and meat eater), or carnivore/insectivore (meat eater). It is vital to the health and longevity of your pet that you research their specific dietary needs. Every effort should be made to mimic the animal’s normal diet in the wild. The internet is a great resource for diet recommendations and information on your pet’s normal diet and habitat. There may also be a fair amount of questionable information online, so take the information you find with a grain of salt and make sure you are looking at reputable sources. Please see our Links page for some additional website information.

Since the exact nutrient requirements for every species have not been determined, we recommend using vitamin and mineral supplement on your pet’s food. A multivitamin supplement can be sprinkled on the food approximately once a week. A calcium supplement should be applied approximately three times a week. Remember, most reptiles and amphibians require UVB light to absorb calcium from their intestines. The best source for UVB is unfiltered sunlight as glass and plastics filter out UVB. For indoor pets, UVB producing lights can be found at most local pet stores.