Feeding your pet Leopard gecko

Feeding your pet Leopard gecko
Published by Author Renier Delport Posted on on .
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Like with almost any pet, Leopard geckos also need to eat. It is important for keepers to know the basics of feeding and what foods to feed.

Foods to feed Leopard geckos

Commercial crickets for Leopard geckos
House crickets (Acheta domestica) are probably the most abundant commercial insects available today.

Leopard geckos are considered insectivorous, meaning they only eat and digest insects as food. Because of their quality, acceptability and availability, crickets and mealworms will probably be the most commonly used feeder insects for Leopard geckos.

Commercial mealworms for Leopard geckos
Mealworms are the larvae of (Tenebrio molitor).

Other good commercial foodstuffs include walking insects like roaches and grasshoppers and crawling insects like waxworms, Phoenix worms, silkworms and Trevo worms. The occasional pinky mouse can also be offered.

Sizes also matters

Whatever the food, the average size should preferably not exceed the width of the Leopard gecko’s head.

Commercial Dubia roaches for Leopard geckos
Small sized Dubia roached (Blaptica dubia) can also be fed to young to adult Leopard geckos.

Insects and pinkies can be bought or ordered according to their size. Generally, baby Leopard geckos will need small to medium sized insects where adults will need larger sizes. Make sure to enquire about the physical sizes first.

How much to feed

Leopard gecko feeding should take place at least once a day. The best time of the day is probably during the evening when Leopard geckos are mostly active.

Walking insects should be offered one-by-one, or a few at a time until the Leopard gecko has lost interest.

Crawling insects can be offered at libitum (always be available) in a small shallow escape proof dish. Although ‘crawlies’ should always be available, they must always be fresh. It is also a good idea to offer crawling insects in the same container as the powdered supplements are offered in.

Mealworms in supplement dish
By offering crawling insects in the same container as powdered supplementation, intake can be stimulated.

Other things to consider

All insects, walking or crawling, should be offered alive, fresh and preferably gut-loaded.

Only feed safe, preferably commercial foods available from trusted pet shops or insect farmers. You can of course also breed your own feeder insects.

Excess (non-eaten) crawling insects should be removed. Generally only enough walking insects should be offered which can be consumed within an hour. Free-roaming insects become ‘stale’, can spread diseases, cause stress and possibly cause injuries to sleeping Leopard geckos.

Summary

One of the pleasures of keeping Leopard geckos as pets is to see them stalk their prey and eat it. When using the correct food, feeding your pet Leopard gecko becomes a breeze.

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About the author
Renier has a keen interest in the welfare of pet reptiles. He has been keeping and treating Leopard geckos for many years and has written various forms of literature on them and other fascinating reptiles.

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