Feeding Leopard Geckos
Feeding your leopard gecko
Leopard geckos will always eat primarily insects. There are many different types of live food however most people will use common insects that are regularly available.
The live food ranges from crickets to mealworms to super-worms to wax worms and silk worms. Most Leopard Gecko keepers use crickets and mealworms as the first chose live food.
Many lizard keepers find that wax worms should be used as treats if at all as some lizard become additive to them due to the sweet flavouring this will make your gecko happy but might never be able to get them to eat other live food.
What types of Crickets
Crickets are a good source of food and nutrition in your leopard gecko’s diet but you will need ”gut load” the crickets by providing the crickets will high nutritional vegetables in a small dish. Once this has been accomplished you can then feed them to your gecko.
This method has to been done as your leopard gecko will never eat vegetables meaning they won’t get nutrition. When you achieved this method the crickets will pass the maximum amount of nutrients to your gecko.
When crickets are been grown they only get fed on poor nutritional feed until they are being packed for delivery the supplier which provides them to your-self.
I feed my live food commercial cricket feed or fresh vegetables.
Mealworms and wax worms
Mealworms are another good protein and nutritional source for your leopard gecko or another lizard. Some reptile keepers use them to train their new lizard to become used to human interaction.
These are easier to feed to your gecko as you can be placed in a food bowl. The bowl must be smooth to prevent escape; some have a rim/lip which prevents them climb out. When doing this you don’t have to worry as the live food would be available whenever the gecko is hungry.
Leopard geckos really enjoy wax worms however the wax worms contain too fat molecules to be a daily live food. Many reptile keepers find Wax worms make excellent treats for all types of lizards and are usually given to females once they have laid eggs.
Supplementing the diet
Giving Vitamin and mineral supplements are an essential part of your leopard gecko’s diet. Calcium is the most important mineral meaning it should be available throughout the day and night. If your Leopard Gecko isn’t provided with calcium it stands a chance of getting metabolic bone disease.
It is regular method that all live food should be coated with calcium powder when ever to feeding to your Leopard Gecko or another lizard.
Most reptile keepers will coat the insects 1 to 2 times per week for adults as they don’t need so much calcium due to their fully grown unlike young Leopard Geckos.
However babies and juveniles need their live food to be coated once a day 7 times a week as they will used the calcium for growth mostly bone growth or teething. Leopard Gecko breeder will coat lives food daily for females during gravid time as they will use calcium to make the leopard gecko eggs.
I will also feed live foods that are coated with vitamins or minerals once every 7 to 10 days. To coat the live food you will need to add 2 to 3 teaspoons of mineral or vitamins into an air tight container which won’t let powder cover everything in eye sight. Then add the live food and shake the container around making the powder to coat the live food.
Geckos need water
Your leopard gecko needs water so keep a shallow water dish allowing your leopard gecko to have water with in the vivarium at all times.
If the water dishes tend to traps or drowns any live food you will need a shallow dish that may prevent the live food from drowning and giving them a higher chance of escape and not drowning.
You may find that if your leopard gecko fouling the water or live food is drowning it is a essential to empty and clean the water dish daily which will prevent any bacterial diseases for your-self or the leopard gecko.