Green Anole Food

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.

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.

Features and Characteristics of a Red-Eared Slider

Red-eared Sliders, which is scientifically known as Trachemys scripta elegans, are also called Pond Slider or Trachemys scripta. These docile creatures got their name from its exclusive red markings around their ears. The “slider” in their name comes from these turtles’ ability to slide off rocks and logs and into the water quickly when they are startled. This freshwater terrapin is native to the Mississippi River Basin of North America.

Red-eared Sliders

Features and Characteristics of a Red-Eared Slider

The red-eared slider has features that make it look like a painted turtle. Both are almost of the same size and about the same carapace (top shell) color. However, the carapace of the Red-eared Slider is higher domed than the Western Painted Turtle and is also weakly keeled. Though they do have poor hearing, they are quite sensitive to vibrations. This makes them very easy to know when a threat is nearby, so they would just slide off from where they are and into the water.

Characteristics that most obviously differentiate the Slider from the other are the yellow marginal scutes, a yellow plastron that is covered in dark, blotchy markings, as well as the red earmark located just behind its eyes. This earmark is not always visible in older turtles, however. Its head, neck, and legs are greenish with yellowish stripes. Its olive or brown carapace usually has yellow and black continuous bands and stripes. The plastron or the bottom shell of the slider is yellow with a dark, rounded blotch in each of its scutes.

Both of these turtle species have males that are slightly smaller than their female counterparts. The males also have longer claws on the forefeet. Old specimens, however, may become very dark, with black coloration that may conceal the striped pattern on their skins and shells, especially the males. Mature carapace grows up to a length of 5 to 11 inches or 12.5 to 27.9 cms.

The Red-Eared Slider is one of an Animal Enthusiasts Favorites

Many animal lovers have come to love this unusual creature called the red-eared slider. They have treated the slider as more than just another animal that they can take photos of and admire the rare beauty that it has. Many animal enthusiasts and hobbyists have considered this rare amphibian as their pet mainly for its amicable and docile characteristics. The red-eared slider is a very convenient animal to manage and breed. Many find them easily adaptable to a new environment. Like any other animal, a slider has specific requirements that should be met. If all these needs are provided for the turtle as how it requires, it may even outlive its owner. These sliders can live for decades. One of the oldest of this turtles, Moses, was even reported to be gone missing from a kiddie pool in the yard of an 83-year-old Maryland resident.