“ Brand: Zoo Med / Food Type: Reptile Food „
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The product is not 'freeze-fried' and has the same nutrition as live bugs, it just needs to be supplemented with a proper gut load.
Avoid, This Useless Gimmick
Designed for people that do not want to feed their lizards on live insects, my answer to this is if you can't deal with the livefood then don't buy a lizard.
This freeze dried, sticky mess that should be crickets is not a suitable diet for lizards and would be best left out for the birds.
If by a very very slim chance you get a lizard to even recognise this as food (let alone eat it) I wouldn't reccommend it.
Though it advertises as a complete diet, I can hardly believe that It is, and I would avoid at all costs in favour of healthier, more natural and more nutritious live insects (which are also much cheaper)
The food is not suitable at all, it visually does not look very, it looks very much like regurgitated insects, so why anyone would believe its good for their reptiles I do not know!
Zoo Med's Can O' Crickets is full of crickets in a can! These are basically dried gutloaded crickets which can be fed to your reptile pet as a variation to its normal diet.
The concept is great and in theory it should work really well. The crickets are fully gutloaded and bursting with essential nutrients. I thought I would buy a can to see what they were like and whether my dragon and leopard geckos would like to try them.
There is one major flaw in Zoo Meds thinking here however. most reptiles like to hunt moving food. If it doesn't move then it isn't prey to them. When I put them into a food bowl and offered them to my pets. They stayed well clear and ignored them. They didn't seem to care and they did eventually go over and have a sniff - before walking away. one of my geckos even looked at me as if to say 'You must be joking. get me a real cricket'.
Basically, can o' crickets is a bunch of cricket bugs in a can...you would use it for feeding reptiles, birds and so on.
I bought one of these to try my beardie on, just to add a little variety to his diet, and he turned his nose straight up at them. Even when put in his salad he just ignored them. Bearded dragons like to see their prey move before they eat it, so the fact of the matter is that unless you can convince your pet its alive by wiggling it in front of its face, they are unlikely to eat these, and they are obviously very unpalatable if my beardie even refused to eat it when it was in his vegetables.
In addition to this, the insects in these are actually cooked. Supposedly this is to soften the exoskeleton to make digestion easier, but in reality it probably means any goodness in the crickets have been cooked out of them. In addition to the fact that they wont have been gutloaded (prefed healthy foods which will end up in lizard when it eats them), these are pretty much nutritionally useless.
At around £4.50 a can, these are also too expensive to use as a staple food when feeding bearded dragons, which is just as well really.
Once opened, these go off very quickly and start to stink.
All in all, if you can get your lizard to eat them, these might be a good way to vary their diet, but they shouldnt be fed very regularly, even if the lizard will eat them.