How Long Can Anoles Go Without Eating? {Will They Overeat?}

I don’t see this green anole in front of me eating much. I’m pet-sitting at the moment and wondering how long can anoles go without eating? Do they need to eat daily? Will anoles overeat?

If you would like some feeding tips for anoles, check out what I had to dig up and learn about before adopting this lizard for the time being. I’m enjoying the process and I hope you are too.

How Long Anoles Can Go Without Eating?

7-30 days. Because they are kept warm all year round in captivity and are always active, they need to be fed often in this condition. They will practically starve if not.

Adult Anoles might theoretically survive for a few months before starving to death. This definitely shouldn’t be attempted in captivity.

Give your anole a few food items like two to three roaches every day or every other day to maintain its health. The prey should be somewhat smaller than the head of your lizard.

How Often Do Anoles Need to Eat?

Anoles should be fed either daily or every other day. How much and how often it feeds depends on:

  • size and age of the anole
  • level of activity
  • their general health

While older or less active individuals may need smaller, less frequent meals, juvenile anoles may need to be fed more frequently than adults.

Being predominantly insectivorous, anoles require a diversified diet in order to get the nutrients they need.  To make sure the anole is getting enough of a crucial mineral, it is also advised to dust the insects with a calcium supplement.

Do Anoles Need to Eat Every Day?

No. Adult anoles can have food every other day, but young anoles should be fed daily. Anoles are opportunistic eaters in the wild, eating a wide range of invertebrates like:

  • crickets
  • flies
  • moths
  • tiny spiders

Little snails and other invertebrates may also be eaten by them. Anoles may be kept in captivity and given a similar diet of suitable sized insects as:

  • waxworms
  • mealworms
  • crickets

To make sure kids get all the essential nutrients, it’s crucial to offer a diversified diet. Anoles are also known to occasionally appreciate fruit as a treat, such as sliced bananas or berries. Since it is not a natural component of their diet, fruit shouldn’t account for a sizable chunk of their food.

How Long Can Green Anole Go Without Food?

Normally, Green Anoles may go one to two weeks without eating. It is not advised to deprive them of food for this long, though, as doing so might impair their health and compromise their immune system.

To keep them healthy and growing, it’s crucial to routinely provide them nutritious food. Here are some average numbers for anoles abstaining from eating in the wild due to lack of food availability.

  • Baby: 2 weeks
  • Juvenile: 4 weeks
  • Adult: 6 weeks
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Will Anoles Overeat?

Anoles are opportunistic eaters and will consume food whenever the opportunity arises.

  • In the wild, they manage their food intake based on the availability of food.
  • In captivity, if a correct feeding schedule is not supplied, they can quickly eat too much food.

Obesity can result from overeating and affect anoles’ health by increasing their risk of illness and reducing their mobility. It’s crucial to keep an eye on anoles’ food consumption and provide them the right amounts of food on schedule.

Provide a well-balanced food that consists of both fruits and vegetables as well as a range of insects including crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. Before food molds, make sure to eliminate any leftovers.

To assist your anole maintain a healthy weight you can get guidance from a vet on how to modify the feeding schedule and nutrition.

Anole Feeding Tips

1. Every day or every other day, feed an adult anole. Each day, young anoles should receive two to three meal items. Every other day, adult anoles should receive two to three meal items.

2. Provide meals throughout the day. Due to their diurnal nature, anoles are most active during the day. They can efficiently pursue their prey and get some exercise at this time.

3. Release the insects. While feeding your anole, carefully drop the prey into the anole’s enclosure from a food cup or release each prey separately onto the branches and leaves of the enclosure’s vegetation using feeder forceps.

4. Put the worms in the saucers. It’s better to place worms in a shallow dish while feeding anoles so they can get to the prey. Moreover, it stops the prey from running away.

5. Pay attention to the prey. Provide some food for the prey in the enclosure if the anole does not immediately consume it.

Do Anoles Eat When Brumating?

The anole is often sluggish and passive during brumation. While they don’t eat, they still need to stay hydrated. They are shielded by brumation from the resource shortage that winter brings.

The lack of insects and plant life causes their bodies to naturally sluggish. The anole consumes very few calories at this period. Beginning in the fall, anoles can normally brumate for two to three months.

They become active and resume their regular metabolism in the spring. Reduce the temperature to 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit to prepare your captive anole for brumation.

During night, the temperature should drop to around 60 degrees. They are certain to brumate and desire less food at this temperature.


Anoles are extremely adaptive and may go for days or even weeks without eating. Anoles may often spend up to two weeks without feeding, however this depends on a variety of circumstances, including age, health, and other conditions.

Anoles must consume enough food to stay healthy and prosper in their natural environment. As a result, it is advised to give them regular meals, make sure they have access to clean water, and provide them with an appropriate environment to live in.


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