Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates have changed and adapted within the wild habitat over millennia. Wild animals obtain everything they need from their environments. They have adapted to use a certain level of sunlight, warmth, water and nutrients to be healthy.
In the past, we have had to attempt to replace those hard-to-obtain, essential vitamins and minerals with supplement powders in a rather inaccurate way. Here is where problems start. Many of the plant, flowers and natural earth minerals are hard to find in local shops and so are missing from pet reptile diets. Here at Arcadia Reptile, we see a difference between an animal simply ‘surviving’ and truly ‘thriving’. Through good science-led research into animal nutrition, we aim to fix these inaccuracies of the past.
Some compounds can become dangerous if oversupplied or supplied out of balance. These include the fat soluble vitamins A, D and E, because they in animal’s bodies store them and they can reach toxic levels. We decided to look at safe, effective and wild-like nutrition.
If an animal obtains everything it needs to thrive from its environment, it would only be right to mimic this in a natural way. We needed to ensure that any ingredients were safe, powerful and ethical. It is vital that we view the feeding of captive exotics at a multi-level approach. We believe in Wild Re-Creation and its positive effects upon captive animals. We also know that a whole food for life simply cannot exist. No, we take cues for biological provision from nature and replicate that in a safe and in a measured way.
This theory is called ‘Wild-RecreationTM’ and within its parameters, are hidden all the secrets of fantastic animal care.