A Guide to Feeder Insects for Your Reptile

10th Sep 2020

A Guide to Feeder Insects for Your Reptile

Roaches and Larvae and Worms, Oh My!

All reptiles share at least one trait in common—they love dinner time! Your pet needs to eat, and feeder insect suppliers like ABDragons are here to provide healthy and tasty options. When it comes to planning your reptile’s diet, you have many feeder insects to choose from. Let’s break down the different types of feeder insects to help you decide the right choices for your pet.

Dubia Roaches

If you are looking for one of the most nutritious feeder insects available—up to 7 times the nutritional content of crickets—look no further than Dubia roaches.

  • Size: Ranging from small (⅜”) to large (up to 1”)
  • Best for: Bearded dragons and all species of geckos

Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Larvae

BSF Larvae is a great option for its high calcium content and the protein it can provide your pet.

  • Size: Medium-large (½” to ¾”)
  • Best for: Bearded dragons, geckos, and other reptiles

Phoenix Worms

Phoenix Worms are known as the “Superior Calcium-Rich Feeder” and that’s the truth!

  • Size: Small (less than ½”)
  • Best for: Baby chameleons, baby geckos, and bearded dragon hatchlings


Think of hornworms as the macaroni and cheese of insects for your pickiest eater. Added bonus: They are high in water, making them ideal for rehydration!

  • Size: Ranging from ½” to ¾”
  • Best for: Adult bearded dragons, leopard geckos, and chameleons


Tender, buttery mealworms are rich in vitamins A and B and a tasty treat for your reptile.

  • Size: Ranging from mini (¼”) to giant (1 ½”)
  • Best for: Most reptiles


Easily digestible, these worms offer a high fat content that is an important part of your reptile’s diet.

  • Size: Medium (1–1.5”) and large (1.75”–2”)
  • Best for: Most reptiles


When these worms pupate into moths, reptiles get a tasty treat plus the fun of the chase!

  • Size: Up to ¾”
  • Best for: Most reptiles

We aim to be your one-stop shop for feeding your reptile, so let us know if you have any questions or need any guidance on your selections. We’re here to help!

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