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What to Feed Reptiles and Amphibians

By Patricia Bartlett

Part of Reptiles & Amphibians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you bring home a reptile or amphibian, consider the kind of food you’re willing to feed it. The food preferences of reptiles and amphibians fall into three general groups: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. So if you’d feel squeamish about feeding a rabbit to a snake, then don’t get a python.

Foods for Herbivorous Herps
Alfalfa Escarole Papaya
Apple Grated root crops (such as carrots and beets) Peaches
Avocado Grated or chopped yellow or zucchini squash Pear
Berries Greens (turnip, collard, mustard, beet) Romaine lettuce
Bok choy Hibiscus blooms and leaves Rose petals
Broccoli stems and leaves Melons Squash (chopped)
Cabbage (dark green) Nasturtium Tofu
Dandelions Okra Tomato
Foods for Carnivorous Herps
Chicken (bite-sized cooked cubes) Mealworms
Cockroaches (giant or hissing) Mice or rats
Crickets Prepared reptile carnivore diet (canned or frozen)
Earthworms Rats
Locusts Waxworms