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Food For Monitor Lizards

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The diet for monitors in the wild is obviously going to be more varied than in captivity. It is impossible to have access to so many different insects, small mammals and birds. With this in mind, it is still very important to feed your monitor a varied diet. Feeding monitors a single food type is detrimental to their health because they miss out on different vitamins they get from different animals.

The basic carnivorous lizard foods should be the main part your monitors diet; crickets, mealworms, silkworms and butterworms where available. A good substitute for crickets are cockroaches, as they tend to be much larger meals, and have more nutrients than crickets. Since monitors are quite large and go through food rather quickly, you should consider building a habitat and breeding either crickets or roaches. This way you will always have a good supply of food and you control what the feeder insects eat.

Pinkie mice should be offered sparingly, but still included as part of their diet. Some monitors will also readily eat live fish. If you are feeding your monitor fish, place a shallow bowl of water in the monitors habitat and let the fish swim inside. Always allow your monitor to naturally hunt their food.

While live food is necessary for your monitor to maintain a healthy life, you can always keep a small bowl of commercial food in the habitat. Much of the commercial carnivorous lizard food is enriched with different vitamins. While your monitor may pick at it sparingly, it does add a little more variety to their overall diet.

 
 
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