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Feeding Carnivorous Lizards

One of the most important factors when feeding carnivorous lizards is the presentation of the food. Proper food presentation stimulates feeding by making your lizards more attracted to the food mainly using visual aids.

When keeping carnivorous lizards on a mulch or sand type substrate, you have to be careful to avoid it's ingestion when feeding. When a lizard catches its prey in their mouth, they may take some substrate with the insect. This can cause impaction, and in severe cases, death in lizards.

Always present food to your lizards on a shallow dish. The heavier the dish the better as well, as this will prevent the dish from tipping over. The dish will also place the insect in the open allowing your lizards to freely view them.

The size of the food is also important when feeding lizards. Never use food longer than the width between your lizards eyes. Anything longer can cause your lizard to choke on their food.

If you keep larger lizards, you may want to consider using a separate feeding area from their living habitat. This helps keeping their everyday area cleaner, especially if feeding them mice. You also may want to separate multiple lizards to avoid competition for food.

Some carnivorous lizards will occasionally eat vegetables and fruit. Make sure to mash it together to avoid them from picking out their favorites and avoiding the nutritional mixture.


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