Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diets

Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diet in meal form
Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diet in meal form

Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diets

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Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diet insect food is designed to create gut loaded crickets. This cricket diet contains high levels of calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A to enrich the diets of insect-eating reptiles, birds and mammals as part of a complete insectivore diet. This bug food is not intended for use in breeding or raising insects.

Best Fed To: Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading food is best for insectivorous reptiles such as Anoles, Basilisks, Bearded Dragons, Chameleons, Geckos and Water Dragons.



  • Contains high level of calcium - Helps balance calcium to phosphorus ratio.
  • Contains sources of omega-3 fatty acids - To help enrich diets of insect-eating animals.
  • May improve vitamin A status of animals consuming feeder insects gut-loaded with Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diet..*
  • Palatable  - Readily eaten by crickets.

Product Form:  Meal


Crude protein not less than       
Crude fat not less than
Crude fiber not more than
Moisture not more than
Ash not more than
Calcium not less than
Calcium not more than
Phosphorus not less than
Sodium not more than
Omega 3 fatty acids not less than
Beta-Carotene not less than
100 ppm


  • Feed to crickets or other feeder insects free-choice for 24-72 hours. No additional supplementation is needed.
  • When this diet is consumed, the total body calcium of feeder insects is increased, resulting in a higher level of calcium being delivered to reptiles and other animals that eat them.
  • Fresh water should be available to insects at all times.
*Research findings:
  • Odum, R.A., Bekker, K., Turski, P., Chastain, J., Paramuk, J., Pessier, A.P., Berlinski, R., Hanley, C., Hornyak, V., Herman, T., Mendelson, J.R. - Hypovitaminosis A: Are captive-bred insect prey deficient in usable vitamin A for Anaxyrus (Anura-Bufonidae) 
    • Gut loading diets of produce or fortified with fish oil and spirulina, as in Mazuri® Better Bug® Gut Loading Diet, fed to crickets produced significantly higher levels of vitamin A in the livers of the studied toads, while the control animals fed crickets gut-loaded with the commonly used high calcium diet had minimal, and in some case undetectable, levels of vitamin A.
    • The cricket colonies maintained on the Produce diet had a tendency to become infested with fruit flies and required additional cleaning and maintenance.
Storage Conditions
For best results, after removal of desired dosage ensure polybag seal is fully closed, tightly affix lid on canister or store contents of open bag in container with sealing lid. Store in a cool (75°F or colder), dry (approximately 50% RH) location. Adhere to the “Best if used by” date or use within 1 year of printed lot code.


Calcium carbonate, fish meal (menhaden), ground corn, dehulled soybean meal, fish oil preserved with tocopherols, spirulina algae meal (color), chicken meal, corn gluten meal, porcine meat and bone meal, salt, brewers dried yeast, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, choline chloride, magnesium oxide, preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of vitamin E), l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C), rosemary extract, calcium pantothenate, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (form of vitamin E), citric acid, folic acid, riboflavin supplement, vitamin a acetate, thiamine mononitrate, nicotinic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, zinc oxide, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), cholecalciferol (form of vitamin D3), dl-methionine, manganous oxide, ferrous carbonate, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite.