What Do Lizards Eat in the Wild

Gecko Lizard

What do lizards eat in the wild? The answer to this question is not a simple one, since there are many different kinds of lizards. Their diet depends on their species. If you have a lizard as a pet, his diet should be pretty much the same as if he were in the wild. However, it also depends on a species.

There are several thousands of lizard species. They can be very large and one may get even frightened if he saw such a large lizard. They usually don’t look very friendly. So, what do they eat?

What Do Lizards Eat?

When it comes to their diet, lizards can be divided into several groups: insectivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous and carnivorous lizards.

Insectivorous lizards eat insects. Some of the well known lizards belonging to this group are chameleon, gecko lizards, alligator lizards and leopard gecko lizards. Some of insectivorous lizards eat ants.

Herbivorous lizards eat plants. They mostly feed on fruits, leaves and other herbs. Some of the species that live in deserts eat cactus as well. If you have a pet lizard, you can feed him on peaches, apple and other similar fruits.

Omnivorous lizards feed on fruits, plants, insects and rodents. Some of these species are knight anoles, bearded dragons and race-runners. There are hundreds of omnivorous species. Some of them are very large and feed on other large insects.

Carnivorous lizards eat insects and other animals like rats, mice, snakes, smaller lizards or even chickens. You can only imagine how large carnivorous lizards are. One of the well known carnivorous species is Komodo dragon lizard. They are capable of hunting quite large animals. The word “dragon” describes their capacity very well.

If you are planning to keep a lizard as a pet, you have to be well informed about his diet. Try to learn as much as you can about the species he belongs to. Some people who have herbivorous lizards occasionally feed them with warms or other small insects. Herbivorous lizards will probably eat all of these. However, it turned out to be bad for them, so you should avoid giving them the foods that they would not normally eat in the wild. Your vet will be able to give you the best possible advice on how to feed your pet lizard. It is also very important not to exaggerate with any kind of food. Different species have different needs, so you have to ask for your vet’s opinion before doing anything, since lizards can be very sensitive.

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