Feeder Insects

Feeder insects are living food for carnivorous or omnivorous animals kept in captivity; in other words, small animals such as insects fed to larger carnivorous or omnivorous species kept in either in a zoo or as pet.

Feeder insects are commonly used as feed for a variety of species of exotic pets and zoo animals, ranging from alligators to various snakes, frogs and lizards, but also including other, non-reptile, non-amphibian carnivores and omnivores (for instance, skunks, which are omnivorous mammals, can be technically be fed a limited amount of live food, though this is not known to be a common practice). Common live food ranges from crickets (used as an inexpensive form of feed for carnivorous and omnivorous reptiles such as bearded dragons and commonly available in pet stores for this reason), waxworms, mealworms and to a lesser extent cockroaches and locusts.

Feeder insects commonly available are crickets (both Gryllus bimaculatus and Acheta domesticus commonly), waxworms (Galleria mellonella), mealworms (Tenebrio molitor), Superworms (Zophobas morio) and locusts (a number of species are seen commonly). There are however many more species used such as butter worms, phoenix worms, a variety of cockroach species, silkworms and more. Insect species are most commonly used to feed small reptiles and amphibians.

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