Bee Pollens For Picky Reptiles (Bearded Dragons and Leopard Geckos)
Have a picky eater? And you are worried about what to give to them? Or you want to provide an extra boost to your Geckos or Dragons?
Bee Pollen is the only healthy option! The best option is to use it via the food chain that first offer Bee pollen to Black Soldier Fly Larvae and then give this Bee pollen-filled BSFL to your Picky eaters.
"Why Bee Pollen"?
Well, it adds sweetness and protein to complete the dietary requirements of Leopard Geckos or Bearded Dragons. Keep on reading to unleash the full benefits of Bee Pollens for Picky Reptiles.
Due to the same type of insect feeding, some reptiles stop eating altogether, and their owners worry. To make all the insects more attractive, the commercial reptile keepers or insects breeders feed bee pollen, carrots, or other fruits and vegetables to the feeder insects to gut load them before feeding to reptiles.
This practice is most effective in Black soldier Fly larvae. But it can also be done on other insects such as:
- Discoid roaches
- Hornworms (captive only; wild hornworms are toxic!)
- Dubia roaches
- Red runner roaches
- Black soldier fly larvae
Avoid giving all those insects caught from your backyard. They may contain some parasitic eggs or harmful bacteria that can kill or cause sickness to your Reptiles.
Gut loading insects for your Leopard Gecko or Bearded Dragons
Gut-loading means feeding the feeder insects food full of nutrients before giving them to your Bearded Dragon or Leopard Gecko to eat. It is suggested to gut load the insects 12-24 hours before providing them to your gecko.
- Crickets can eat a variety of vegetables and fruits to provide your reptiles with extra nutritional value (but avoid all the acidic fruit and veg, as well as broccoli and spinach).
- Mealworms or Silkworms like to eat red or orange carrots. These should be given to them 12-24 hours before you feed them to your reptile. Cricket gut-loading food can be placed with the carrots to provide the Mealworms/Silkwormswith extra nutrition.
- Bee pollens for any insect, especially for Black Solider Fly larvae: It is the best option for reptiles to get all the required nutrients. The gut loading of insects with Bee pollens has many benefits on reptiles' health, especially the Geckos. Bee pollens have multiple beneficial properties that your pet reptile requires. Best feeder insects act as a biological vector in transmitting bee pollens to these reptiles. Thus, they provide both the dietary and nutritional requirements for Leopard Geckos and Bearded Dragons.
Bee pollen benefits on bearded dragons and Leopard Geckos when fed with gut-loaded feeder insects:
- Bee pollen boasts an impressive nutritional profile of reptiles. Bee pollens naturally improve the overall immunity level of your bearded dragon and Leopard Geckos. They can avoid your pet geckos or dragons becoming ill by boosting Immunity and Killing Bacteria. They require this immunity boost in stress season or breeding season mostly. Bee pollen contains over 200 biologically active substances, including carbs, proteins, fatty acids, lipids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants.
Bee pollen granules consist of approximately :
- Other substances:4–15%
- High antioxidant content present in bee pollens protects your geckos and bearded dragons from free radicals, which are harmful to them. These antioxidants also help cure chronic diseases such as MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease), prevalent in reptiles.
- Bee pollen lowers the chances of heart issues in Leopard Geckos and Bearded Dragons by lowering cholesterol and reduce down high lipids in blood vessels. The risk of heart issues usually occurs when you give your reptiles a highly fatty diet. So feeder insects with gut-loaded bee pollens keep that in balance.
- Pollen boost liver functioning of reptiles and protect their liver from toxic substances. Beared dragon has a habit of eating or chewing anything that fits into its mouth. So, some times they eat any allergen in insect or poisonous plant by chance. Then, if they have a healthy liver, it helps in detoxifying that poison or allergen. So feeding bee pollens via gut loading insects is the best way to keep their liver healthy.
- They have anti-inflammatory properties. Usually, the Leopard geckos may injure themselves accidentally from any object present in the enclosure due to their agility, which leads to inflammation. If you are feeding gut-loaded pollen insects, you do not have to worry about that inflammation. It may go on the way before you notice it.
- A recent study has suggested that the bee pollens also have anti-cancer properties. Usually, misdirected UV light and harmful solar radiation sometimes lead to skin cancer in Bearded Dragons and Geckos. So, bee pollen fed via insect feeders prevent this from happening.
- Pollens improve the metabolism, nutrient utilization, and longevity of reptiles, especially in Leopard geckos.
- The bee pollens are usually safe and easy to add to the diet of feeder insects. Similarly, your reptile loves to eat bee pollen loaded insects, especially Black Solider Fly Larvae.
Bee Pollen Powder can also be given directly to the reptiles by sprinkling it on food. We suggest you give it by feeder insects because they serve both the dietary requirement and the nutritional requirement with tons of benefits discussed above.
Bee pollen also comes with multiple additives and flavors, which enhance their usage by insects. Insects eat more of these pollens due to taste, and these insects ultimately become a healthier and tasty snack for your Bearded Dragons/ Leopard or Crested Geckos.
You can also add additives recent study has suggested that the Leopard Geckos and Bearded Dragons love to eat those insects that are gut loaded with bee pollens and has many progressive results. So, please do not waste your time on feeding something else to your reptiles while you have the opportunity to provide them the best gut-loaded feeder insects. Every professional veterinarian, reptile owners, and reptile breeders approved these gut-loaded insects. Even they are approved by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization).