Rodent, bird and reptile food

Here are some interesting facts about food for rodent, bird, reptile and fish.

Rodent food

Most rodents are predominantly or purely herbivores. Small animals such as insects or worms are simply eaten to supplement their diet. Very few are pure carnivores. Rats, on the other hand, are omnivores. Rodents tend to use their front paws to hold their food. Some species also store food in their cheeks.


Bird food

Caged birds are prone to weight gain. Each species of bird has its own special dietary requirements and food that one species likes may be toxic to another. It is therefore important to buy the right food for your specific breed. Bird food is normally made up of grain and seeds, however birds also enjoy variety so you should always make sure that your pet has access to suitable fresh greens.


Reptile food

Reptiles can be herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. They have very different dietary needs, depending on the specific species. In the wild, reptiles follow a diet that suits their needs. This isn't possible in a terrarium. The owner must therefore make sure that the animal has a species-appropriate, balanced and varied diet.

Herbivores
In addition to salad leaves and fruit, herbivores also enjoy flowers and blossoms. The plants you feed them should be insecticide free. You should also check that the plants are not poisonous to animals or humans.

Carnivores
The food you feed a carnivore will depend on the size of the reptile in question. The bigger the animal, the larger the prey. Common prey for smaller reptiles include crickets, cockroaches and flies, while larger reptiles enjoy locusts. Earthworms and snails may also suit some reptiles.

Omnivores
Omnivores eat a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.


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Fish food

The feeding of aquarium fish depends on the type of fish, the number of fish in the aquarium and its size. The quantity of food given, as well as feeding habits and food preferences for each species should be strictly observed. If the food given is not eaten within five minutes, it was probably too much. Another indication of this might be an increase in algae formation in the aquarium caused by food residue. Some fish eat only on the surface of the water or in the upper part of the aquarium, other fish prefer to feed on the bottom of the tank. Basically, fish should be fed once or twice a day, with the possibility of fasting for a day, for adult fish.