Disadvantages of Feeding Your Skink with Frozen Food


The Blue Tongued Skink lizard is known for consuming almost all kinds of foods but a skink reptile will thrive on a diet that is well balanced and includes all kinds of nutritional value from fruits, vegetables, insects and mice and from occasional supplement dusting. The one key element that needs to be part of every skink’s food and meal planning is variety and freshness of the food. This means that the reptile should not be given the same nature and mix of food every day. If you are feeding it cockroaches and collard greens one day, you can try to feed him mealworms and super worms or scrambled eggs with tomato the other day. Just remember, the correct proportion is to feed the pet with 50% of vegetables, 40% of insects and mice and 10% of fruits.

The freshness of the food is another very important matter because if you feed fruits or vegetables that have gone bad or are overripe, the reptile will probably suffer from digestive problems just like human beings. In addition, the insects you feed to your reptile should be as fresh as possible as well only, try your best that they should not be insects caught in your backyard. Such insects might have been sprayed with insecticide making them dangerous for your reptiles. Instead, try purchasing them from a reptile food supply store.

For many people, feeding the reptile food from the freezer is very convenient and saves a lot of time. However, the biggest drawback in this arrangement is that fact that frozen food is that the process of freezing and then defrosting the food causes it to lose the thiamine or vitamin B1. Thiamine is very important for the proper functions of the central nervous system of the reptile. It also aids in the process of metabolizing carbohydrate and the conversion of nutrients and acids to fats and protein. In order words, if you reptile will not get Thiamine, then the other B vitamins in their body will be hindered in carrying out their respective functions and this problem can lead to the symptoms of metabolic bone disease in the reptile.

Sometimes, people who feed frozen food to their pet might confuse the symptoms of metabolic bone disease with a calcium deficiency so you need to be able to tell the difference between the two because the treatment for both problems is entirely different. To avoid such risks in the health of your blue-tongued skink reptile completely, keep your refrigerator stocked adequately with fresh fruits and vegetables.