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Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

Prickly Pear Cactus Pads
Opuntia sp.

This nutritious live plant is the perfect food source for a variety of herbivorous and omnivorous reptiles.

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What are Prickly Pear Cactus Pads?

These are a species of domesticated Cactus with thick, succulent pads. Both the plant and its fruit are edible and completely safe for a wide variety of reptile species.

The benefits of Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

Providing your reptiles with a high quality, natural diet is hugely beneficial. These pads can be used in a number of ways to provide both nutrition and enrichment.

  • Suitable for herbivores such as Tortoises, Iguanas and Uromastyx and omnivores such as Bearded Dragons, Skinks and Tegus.
  • Naturally high moisture content, aiding hydration.
  • High in dietary fibre, Calcium and antioxidants, low in fat and phosphorus.
  • Vitamin and mineral dense, including vitamin A, B, C, Calcium, Potassium and Iron. All essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
  • The mucilaginous content in the pads can gently aid in the smooth passage of digested foods through the gut.
  • Provides natural environmental enrichment by encouraging natural foraging behaviour. 
  • Long lasting, when left uncut the pads will remain in good edible condition for weeks/months.

How to use Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

There are several ways this product can be used.

  1. Carefully remove any of the remaining spines from the surface of the pad. Most will have been removed, but some may remain so please handle with care.
  2. The pads can be cut into small bite sized pieces and placed into the enclosure. For larger reptiles, whole pads can be offered.
  3. Can be placed in a pot or grown in the soil within the enclosure. Suitable as both a live food source and as natural decor.

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