Leopard Gecko Food
Leopard geckos are mainly insectivorous, meaning they accept
various feeder insects and the occasional vertebrate. Pet Leopard
geckos should be offered a variety of insects, including
crickets, Dubia roaches and other feeder cockroaches, Phoenix
worms, mealworms, waxworms, silkworms, fly ants and nestling mice. It
is best to offer a combination of these feedstuffs not only to
ensure a well balanced diet, but also to include a variety to
prevent boredom. At least half of the daily
Leopard gecko food should consist of commercial gut loaded insects
like crickets and mealworms.
Leopard gecko crickets contain most of the
main nutritional ingredients, namely carbohydrates, protein,
fats, minerals, vitamins and water. Their practicality,
availability, efficiency and ease of culturing put them in the number one spot
when it comes to Leopard gecko food. Leopard gecko
crickets should be
gut loaded from at least twenty four hours prior to feeding.
It is said that mealworms are very tasty
to Leopard geckos and once they are spoiled they can refuse to eat
anything else. Leopard gecko mealworms also contain high amounts of fat,
but relatively low amounts of protein and calcium. Luckily
Leopard geckos are known to do very well on "mealworm only"
diets. Although this is the case, this Leopard gecko foodstuff should
always be balanced out with other feeder insects.
Leopard gecko Dubia roaches is a relative new addition to the reptile
food market. They should be tasty and exciting for your Leopard
gecko to eat. Dubia roaches are smaller than other popular
Leopard gecko cockroaches and should be easier to feed to baby
Leopard gecko silkworms is a very good food source for
these lizards. It is high in protein and calcium and it seems
like Leopard geckos of all ages enjoy them.
Phoenix worms® are a relatively new addition to the feeder insect
market. This Leopard gecko food item has been developed as a
delicious, balanced and nutritious foodstuff. Phoenix worms are soft bodied are
said to be naturally high in calcium.
As with mealworms,
Leopard gecko waxworms are also tasty and very high in fat, but low
amounts of protein.
Also called Butter worms, Leopard gecko Trevo
worms are large, fat worms with a high fat and calcium content.