A Focus On Reptile Feeders

Crested Gecko isolated looking into camera while licking lips

Caring for reptiles isn’t always easy. Even though their living space generally consists of an enclosed terrarium, you still have to pay close attention to the temperature and humidity in their environment, while ensuring that their habitat is comfortable and entertaining. 

It's also important to provide proper nutrition and hydration for your reptile friend by using the right reptile feeder. There are several options you can try in order to find the perfect vehicle for feeding your favorite reptile:

Food Dishes

A smooth, low-profile feeding dish can be an important part of any animal habitat, including reptile terrariums. 

While it won’t do much to keep live insects like crickets in place, it’s a good option if you need a fixed feeding station you can train your reptile to come to for needed supplements or water. Non-porous models that prevent microbe proliferation are ideal.

Feeder Pots

If open food dishes aren’t attracting your reptile, or your snake or lizard tends to make a mess of these feeding stations, semi-enclosed feeder pots can prove more useful. 

Look for products that don't easily get knocked over, as well as models designed to blend into the environment. As a bonus, you can place bug food inside feeder pots. This creates a congregation point for live insects, which can aid in training your reptile to use the feeding station.

Cricket Dispensing Tubes

Exoterra's Cricket Enclosure with Dispensing Tubes

Keeping live crickets can be a recipe for a home filled with the chirping of escapees. A proper cricket pen, complete with dispensing tubes, offers a great solution. This setup keeps jumpy insects contained and transfers them to the terrarium at feeding times.

A top-loading holding pen can house dozens or hundreds of crickets at a time, depending on size. Dispensing tubes placed inside your cricket holding pen will attract crickets who like to hide in the dark. When it’s feeding time, all you have to do is pull the loaded tubes out of the holding pen and place them into your reptile habitat. When feeding time is over, just place the tubes back in the holding pen.

Feeder Cups

Not all feeder insects hop — some, like mealworms, just crawl. Even so, placing them in an open dish might not keep them in a preferred feeding location. 

A feeder cup that you can attach with a suction cup higher up in the habitat is ideal not only for letting reptiles know where to come for food, but also for adding an element of excitement to feeding time. As worms slowly work their way through holes in the bottom of the cup, reptiles can snatch them.


ExoTerra Feeding Reptile Tongs

Feeding reptiles by hand isn’t ideal, even if you enjoy the bonding experience. Not only are you risking a bite from your hungry pet, but it’s not the most hygienic feeding method, and it could even lead to issues like stress or mouth injuries for pets.

Tongs and tweezers offer a great alternative when feeding your reptiles live or canned insects, and they come in a range of materials to suit your preferences. 

Cost-effective plastic tongs are hygienic and work well, but you can also opt for durable stainless steel pincers with soft-coated tips, or renewable bamboo tweezers if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option.

Don’t Forget Bug Food

Juvenile bearded dragon about to eat a blue hornworm feeder

If you want to keep feeder insects alive, you’ll need to make sure you feed them, too. Having the right superfood mix on hand helps keep crickets, roaches, and other feeder insects alive until your reptiles are ready to feast.

Finding the right reptile feeder for your pet is made easier by the wealth of options available. Visit petsonbroadway.com for all of your reptile needs.