What To Feed Leopard Geckos: Part of the ease of caring for a leopard gecko comes in the food that should be provided. Adult geckos can be fed every other day while baby leopard geckos should be fed everyday. These lizards are insectivores meaning they mostly eat insects. In captivity they can be offered crickets, mealworms, superworms, silkworms and small cockroaches as a staple diet.
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Leopard Gecko Treats
As a treat you can offer your leopard gecko an occasional pinkie mouse. One that is only a few days old will be small enough for them to handle and only to full grown adults. In fact, pinkie mice are a wonderful choice to offer breeding females. You can also offer them waxworms as a treat. Waxworms should be especially offered sparingly because they can become addictive to geckos. They are chocolate in the leopard gecko world; fattening and generally un-healthy. In order to avoid choking, the prey that you offer your leopard gecko should be no larger than half the width of the gecko’s head.
How Much Food Should You Give a Leopard Gecko at One Time?
Part of understanding how to feed leopard geckos is knowing how much to give them to eat at one time. You should only feed them as much as the gecko will consume at the time of feeding. It depends on the size of the leopard gecko. You might offer your gecko anywhere from 4 to 8 crickets at one time. It is not good to leave crickets running around the leopard gecko’s enclosure for a long length of time. It can cause the gecko to become stressed out and hungry crickets are known to nibble on the gecko. Mealworms, superworms or anything else that can be contained in a dish on the other hand can be left within the cage without putting the gecko in danger.
Gut Loading the Prey
Another part of keeping your leopard gecko healthy in regards to feeding it, is making sure that you gutload all food items for 24 hours prior to feeding it to your lizard. Gutloading is feeding the crickets or other insects a very nutritious, high quality food prior to feeding to your lizard. Offering your lizard a healthier insect in turn makes a healthier gecko. You can offer the insects things like fruits, vegetables and grains. They also offer commercially made products that come in a powdered form and can be offered to the prey. Along with gutloading, you can offer your leopard gecko calcium and vitamin supplements by sprinkling the prey with powdered supplements before you feed them to your gecko. Calcium and vitamins are very important to the overall health of the leopard gecko but make sure that you offer the crickets to your gecko right away after dusting before the cricket can clean itself off. Dusting is also a good way to enrich the diet of baby leopard geckos and breeding females.
Water should also be offered to your leopard gecko and kept fresh at all times. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to illness in your leopard gecko so the water should be changed regularly. The mentioned activities are only a few among so many ways of caring for leopard geckos. Learn more by reading more leopard gecko articles on this site.
Leopard Gecko Video
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Leopard Gecko FAQQuestion: I bought 2 Leopard Gecko babies and lately they are not getting along. They got along before; what has changed? (Question may be followed by "I also found a bit of blood in the cage" or "One of my Geckos has lost a tail".)
Answer: Most likely, you bought 2 male Leopard Geckos. Babies get along fine until they get older. Then males will fight and often draw blood. They may even fight to the death in captivity. For this reason it is best to buy one gecko at a time and wait until you know the sex before getting another one or buy from a reputable breeder that can sell you 2 sexed females (or 1 male and 1 female). This happened to me only once. I put about 5 babies in one cage temporarily (I thought they were all females) until one day when I noticed a spot of blood in the cage. I picked up each and every one of the now several month old "babies" until I got to 2 males. I seperated them immediately and everything was fine.
What to Feed a Leopard Gecko: Crickets, Silkworms, Superworms, Small Cockroaches, and for treats, an occasional wax worm or pinkie mouse.