Will horned lizards eat crickets?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

In my experience, horned lizards can indeed eat crickets. When I owned a horned lizard as a pet, I found that it enjoyed a varied diet that included not only ants but also crickets. Crickets can be a great addition to their diet as they provide some variety and different nutritional benefits.

One thing to keep in mind is the size of the crickets you offer to your horned lizard. They should be small enough for the lizard to easily consume without any issues. It’s also important to ensure that the crickets are gut-loaded, which means they have been fed a nutritious diet before being offered to the lizard. This ensures that the lizard gets the maximum nutritional value from the crickets.

In addition to crickets, you can also consider offering other small insects to your horned lizard. Small Dubai roaches, for example, can be another suitable option. These roaches are small in size and can be a good source of protein for your lizard.

It’s worth mentioning that while crickets and other insects can be a beneficial part of a horned lizard’s diet, they should not make up the entire diet. Horned lizards primarily rely on ants as their main food source in the wild, so it’s important to offer them a variety of food to ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients.

Horned lizards can eat crickets as part of their diet. However, it’s essential to offer appropriately sized crickets and ensure they are gut-loaded for maximum nutritional value. Consider adding other small insects like Small Dubai roaches to provide variety in their diet. Remember to supplement their diet with ants as well, as they are the primary food source for horned lizards in the wild.