Green anoles are insectivorous animals which means that their main diet is the insects. Crickets are mostly used to feed the anoles since they are easily available and a rich source of nutrients required for the survival and good health. Anoles should be fed with crickets that are half the head size of the anole. The crickets fed to the anoles should be small in sized to avoid chocking them.
The youngest anoles can have a diet of fruit fries which is made up of small insects that are also easy to digest. Moreover, gut-loaded crickets should be the ones that are provided to the anoles. This means that the crickets are loaded with enough nutrients that ensure good health and survival of the anoles in general. It is thus the best food for the green anole.
You will realize that the crickets that are available in the pet stores are the ones that are very well fed. This means that such crickets are always expensive to acquire for your green anole. However, you can always acquire those that are not well fed and keep them for a bit longer at home as you provide pre-packaged food to them. You can as well provide the crickets with a diet of your choice as long as it makes them healthy enough for consumption by the green anole. Gut loading for the crickets van always be done using baby cereals, fruits, vegetables, greens of different varieties or even flaky fish foods among others.
Cricket powdering with either calcium loaded or vitamin loaded powder is mostly recommended by people to feed the crickets. It is necessary for the crickets to have such a diet at least once every week to keep them healthy and nutritious for the anoles to scoop as many nutrients as possible from these insects. However, a regular UVB light change leads to the ability of the anoles naturally producing more vitamins which makes them healthier.
With regular feeding, you are able to estimate the number of crickets that each of your green anoles can consume at each instance of feeding which makes it easy to feed them. Moreover, it is recommended that you should change the feeding environment of your anole as early as possible once you acquire the anole. This makes it easy to know the number of crickets that the anole can consume at every instance. Note that leaving unconsumed crickets in the terrarium is very unhealthy since such crickets can feed on y our anole’s skin thus affecting the health of the anole.
Once you have acquired the crickets and decided to feed them at home, you should learn that they are fed only once each day. However, make sure that you create a feeding routine where you feed them at the same time hence ensuring that they are healthy enough to provide maximum nutrient amounts to the anole. This ensures that the anole remains healthy and happy all the time.
If the anole leaves residues or even crickets behind so that it can feed on them later, you should sip one feeding instance and feed it the next instance. Additionally, other moving preys can be fed to the anole such as the spiders and flies. Moving preys allow keep the anole alarmed and in a hunting mode. Make sure that the insects fed to the anole are not contaminated with pesticides.
You will always come across articles that advise you to feed your anole with worms. However, worms are not the most ideal diet for the anoles since they are way bigger for the anoles and also too hard to digest once ingested. Also, these worms are mostly less mobile and anoles are mostly interested in the preys that they can always chase around. The exercise the anole gets when chasing the insects around is also very essential and the anole will always need it for its health.
Just like any other animal, anoles need water to survive. However, anoles will never drink water provided in bowls which makes it hard to provide them with water. However, you should not worry since experts have realized that the source of water for the anoles is the water from the surrounding environment like the trees and leaves. It is necessary to spray water around the walls of the tank on, the vegetation planted around and on the anole itself. You can also provide a mistifier which ensures that the ideal amount of moisture necessary for the survival of the anole is provided.