Reptile Systems Insect Food 10g should form the starting point of your supplemental program if you keep any animal that consumes insects. Premium gut loading formula is a highly palatable nutritional booster for feeder insects. Loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and natural colour enhancers it ensures the very best nutrition is passed on to your pet.
Like all enlightened reptile keepers over the years, we have learnt to care for our feeder insects in order to pass on a decent level of nutrients to our pets. Several decades ago, caring for you your live food meant putting a slice of potato or carrot in the tub and thinking that was enough. Disturbingly this practice is still prevalent today and needs to be rectified and hopefully, with a little education, become a thing of the past.
We have introduced Insect Food because we have found that many “gut loading” products on the market are sadly lacking, containing little in the way of worthwhile ingredients.
So why do we need to look after our insects and what are the benefits?
Firstly, we have a moral obligation to provide the best conditions possible for all animals in our care, regardless of its intended purpose.
Secondly, by adopting good husbandry practices you can pass on a fully nutrient loaded, healthy meal to your reptile.
Our pet’s digestive systems and dietary needs stem from their wild relatives. Huge advancements have been made in the field of husbandry and understanding our animals’ needs by trying to recreate positive attributes regarding enclosures. Hobbyists also understand the need to mimic the life-giving force of natural sunlight, which provides heat via visible and ultraviolet light. Diet and its effects on our animals’ wellbeing have also been well documented, but the issue is relating this to a realistic regime that we can all adhere to. At our UK facility we grow suitable plants all year round, indoors under New Dawn lighting, to feed our animals and suggest you do the same if possible. Very little has been done to feed your prey insects to improve their overall quality and “gut loading” thirty minutes before feeding off insects is a step forward, but we, as keepers, can do much better. We need to use healthy, nutrient rich, premium quality insects, to feed our reptiles, if we want them to thrive and live quality lifestyles.