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Steppe Runner (Eremias arguta)

Experience Level: Beginner

Steppe Runner

Nutrition & Maintenance

Dietary Requirements 

  • Steppe Runners are insectivores, meaning their diet consists of primarily insects.
  • Steppe Runners benefit from a variety of different items in the diet so it is important to alternate the insects being fed. 
  • They require calcium supplementation as part of their diet.
  • Worms should be fed from a bowl to prevent accidental ingestion of the substrate.
  • Food and water bowls should be cleaned daily. 
Dietary Options 
  Examples Feeding Frequency



Occasionally waxworms

Daily to every other day 

Offer only enough to be consumed by the end of the day

*Insects should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice daily for adults.
**Crickets should be fed a gut loaded diet (commercially available nutrient dense diet) prior to being fed to the reptile to ensure they have the proper nutrients for a healthy reptile diet.

*Insects and vegetables should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly for adults and daily for juveniles. 

**Crickets should be fed a nutrient-dense, gut-loaded diet (available at PetSmart).


  • Steppe Runners will drink from a shallow dish and lick moisture from their skin; mist your pet and habitat every other day with a spray bottle and warm water. 
  • Water bowls should be emptied and refilled daily.


Other Reminders

Use caution when handling pet and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Avoid picking up your pet by the tail. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. 



New surroundings and environments can be sressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness. While all reptiles should be examined by a veterinarian familiar with reptiles upon purchase, here are some specific signs to watch for:

  • Runny droppings for more than two days
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Shedding problems; discolored skin
  • Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding

If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet. 

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