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Would it be alright to feed my western fence lizards pill bugs and sow bugs?

Hi Steve,

If the lizard is interested in eating them, they should be fine occasionally, but they shouldn't me the main diet. Also, feeding bugs from the wild can be dangerous in that they may have been exposed to chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc that could harm your lizard. Meal worms, wax worms and crickets should be the majority of the diet because they have a greater nutritional value. Pill bugs and sow bugs are mostly exoskeleton.

I hope this info helps. All the best to you and your pet.



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I can answer questions about health, diet, behavior, housing requirements, common illnesses, and general husbandry of most reptiles. My answers are not a substitute for veterinary care. If I don't feel confident about answering your question, I can generally point you to someone who can answer it, or advise you to seek veterinary help.


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