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 Care Sheet-Part3 12-month feeding regimen

This is an example of a feeding regimen for Green Anoles that combines wild-caught and raised insects. It may or may not apply to your area but I have used it here in North Carolina for many years very successfully. You can adapt it to those insect species that are found in your area.


January – The bulk of their diet consists of raised feeders (crickets, roach nymphs, waxworms, etc.). On sunny days, I can usually catch some flies that have come out to bask on my south-facing brick wall. Since nobody uses pesticides during the winter months and there is limited exposure to disease due to the cold weather, they are a “safe” food source.

February – Basically, this month is a re-run of January.

March – At the very end of the month, the fruit trees (Apple and Plum) begin to bloom and that attracts Bee Flies (Bombylius major) and various other hover flies. These supplement the reared feeders or in some years completely displace raised feeder insectc as a food source,

April – The Bee flies continue through mid-month (they are a favorite food) and other natural prey items begin to appear (i.e., Leafhoppers, etc.). Moths begin to appear in numbers around the porch lights at night. Spring crop of Broccoli in the garden results in a substantial number of cabbage worms that lasts until early July. Feeder production has stopped by the beginning of the month.

May – Leafhoppers are abundant and other species of hover flies appear in numbers along with small grasshoppers of several species. Moths and other prey items are attracted to lights as well.

June – By mid-month, Planthoppers begin to appear in numbers. The three most numerous species are Acanalonia conica, Anormenis chloris and Metcalfa prunia (Citrus Planthopper). Snowy Tree Crickets also begin to appear in numbers (attracted to the porch light) and Leafhoppers are virtually everywhere as are small grasshoppers. Every so often, a male Wood roach (Parcoblatta zebra) will appear at the lights as well – only the males fly!

July – The same as the previous month with natural prey items appearing in larger numbers. This situation continues through mid-September!

August – The same as for the previous months. Fall crop Broccoli results in a good supply of cabbage worms that lasts into late October.

September – Skipper Butterflies (Hesperidae) appear during September, Favorites are Common Dusky Roadside Skipper, Checkered Skipper, and various other species. Males are smaller than females and the Anoles go for them first. Numbers begin to decline toward the end of the month but there is certainly enough to go around.

October – A further decline in Skipper numbers but Leafhoppers continue until the first or second hard freeze. Breeding prey items for the winter begins to build up numbers before all of the wild-caught insects disappear. The diet is similar December-January.Wild-caught Skippers. Flies, etc. are still the dietary mainstay until feeder breeding increases to sufficient levels.

November – Leafhoppers finally become scarce and the diets once again consist of entirely of raised feeders insects.

December – Diet is once again confined to raised feeder insects until the cycle starts once again.



10/17/10  02:01pm

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 Care Sheet-Part3 12-month feeding regimen

It is now early November and. despite a couple of frosts and freezes, there are still Skipper Butterflies about. The season is stretching but will end before too long!



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