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Understanding Leopard Gecko Feed Options

By Ethan Milroy

While feeding a leopard gecko is definitely more complicated than feeding a pet dog or cat, many lizard enthusiasts will be the first to tell you that these are the most rewarding pets.

Originally desert dwellers, these lizards are insectivores. It is important to note that what is good for us is not good for them (and vice versa, obviously). This means you should not feed them fruits and vegetables, in the same way insects should not be part of our diet. These creatures mainly consume crickets and mealworms.

Crickets are excellent leopard gecko feed. Since they move around quite a bit, they serve another purpose: during mealtimes, they simulate the hunting scenario the lizards would experience in the wild. This is healthy, as your leopard gecko needs exercise and stimulation. Crickets are also easily available and are arguably the most nutritious of the leopard gecko feed options. Crickets also have a thinner protective covering than mealworms. This makes them easier on your gecko’s digestive system.

As with all good things, these things do not come without detriments. The top of mind problem with critters is the ruckus they cause. They are incredibly annoying and noisy. Note that feeding your gecko life crickets means you will need to house them. Do not feed your gecko more than four crickets, as these insects are known to bite your gecko when they are not eaten.

It is much simpler to feed your gecko mealworms. While they have a very high fat content, many breeders swear by these squirmers. They aren’t as stimulating as your gecko might like, though. You can solve this teensy problem by sprinkling their pan with the cricket food you use for gutloading. For some reason, they do not like the stuff and it makes them move around quite a bit, hence making them stimulating food.

Many leopard gecko handlers use mealworms as an occasional treat rather than a part of their everyday meals. Other gecko enthusiasts beg to differ and are advocates of mealworms as a staple food.

At the end of the day, as with all things, it all boils down to figuring out what works for you and your pet. I hope this article helped sort things out for you.

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