Oct 26, 2011 - What do pet geckos eat

Leopard Gecko Care Sheet - Reptiles Magazine
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My son recently got a junvinile leopard gecko. The pet smart we bought it from said they put about 10 crickets a day in the morning for the geckos diet. Yesterday my son placed 7 crickets in the cage. This am has be 24 hours and the gecko hasn’t ate anything. I can still count 7 crickets. What can I do to get it to eat? I know it’s stressed from the move from the pets tore to our home. Is this normal? The cage stays anywhere from 70-80° (pet store said 65-80) was ideal. I have always had dogs so this gecko os new to me. Please help! We haven’t tried meal worms or anything yet bc the pet store said they only fed it crickets.
Well, mine is customers asking why their leopard gecko is not eating and what they need to do as they do so their pet does not die
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For new gecko owners, the first few weeks can be an anxiety-filled time. Without the knowledge base that comes with reptile experience, it can be difficult to know whether or not the gecko is thriving and whether the new keeper is using correct husbandry. In addition, many new gecko owners come from a background of caring for mammalian pets and are more familiar with a pet that needs to eat several times a day and moves around often. Since most new gecko owners seem to be caring for leopard geckos, this article addresses some of the questions and concerns that new leopard gecko owners have voiced frequently in reptile forums. Be aware that this is no substitute for a good caresheet and the advice of experienced keepers about your specific situation. Also, be aware that different keepers do things in different ways so there will not be universal agreement about every detail of what follows: Gecko Care – feeding a pet gecko | Gecko Care
Photo provided by FlickrYou should dust the crickets only every other day to not over do the vitamins.
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Of course, no one expects you to make a weekly expedition into the Hawaiian jungles to feed your pet lizard. Some species are notoriously difficult to care for, but others are quite hardy and versatile. The majority of commonly kept lizards are insectivores and can be kept alive on an easy diet of crickets with a few supplements. Knowing what species your lizard is is a vital first step for ensuring its proper nutrition. For example, bearded dragons are omnivorous. A good diet for a bearded dragon will include plenty of leafy greens as well as crickets and even mice. Geckos like to hunt down insects, but also love sweet fruits. One treat gecko owners have discovered is baby food made from fruits. Iguanas require a wide variety of vegetables, greens and fruits to have all of their nutritional needs met. This makes them one of the more difficult lizard species to keep. It's important to remember that lizards love a good chase and will often reject food that is already dead. Live crickets and worms are sold in many pet stores for this reason. Finding a local pet store that has leopard geckos requires some research and patience. Most pet stores in malls and similar settings are a great option if you’re seeking a dog or cat. Reptiles may not be as widely available. To make the shopping experience easier, use the following steps. First, write a few notes on what you’re looking for (e.g. a juvenile leopard gecko who has been bred to be a pet, open to any colors). Second, create a list of five local pet stores by searching on Google for “reptile pets for sale Chicago” (substitute your city). Finally, pick up the phone and ask some questions to see what kinds of reptiles they have available.What exactly do geckos like to eat? The ideal gecko diet is live insects – anything else may be refused. The most popular food for leopard gecko pets are mealworms and crickets. If you want your gecko to thrive, stay focused on the insect diet. Attempting to switch your gecko to a vegetarian diet is likely not a wise idea. If you’re looking to enhance your geckos diet, consider other small insects like super worms or wax worms as an alternative. The best practice is to provide live insects for feeding – other options may be refused by your gecko. Fortunately, leopard geckos are a popular pet so you should have no trouble getting the right food.Opportunistic feeders, tokay geckos consume just about anything they can overpower. In the wild much of their diet consists of insects and other lizards. In captivity they do well on a mix of crickets, mealworms, roaches, waxworms, hornworms, silkworms and small mice. Some captives can be trained to eat defrosted fuzzies from tongs. This is a great way to bulk up your pet. Gut load all feeder insects to ensure the most complete nutrition because the gecko benefits from the insect’s last meal. Use a mix of leafy greens, vegetables, fruit and commercial gut-loading products for your feeder insects. Dust feeders at least once a week with powdered calcium to ensure a calcium and mineral source for tokays. If your geckos are not exposed to UVB lighting, use calcium with vitamin D3, which is commonly used for nocturnal lizard species. This ensures proper bone growth and a healthy nervous system for the lizard. Placing a shallow dish filled with a supplement in a corner of the cage is a good idea. Many lizards will visit the dish and take what they need. I prefer ultrafine calcium powder that is nearly tasteless and sticks well to crickets.