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Leopard Gecko Mealworms

Tenebrio molitor

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Leopard gecko mealworms

Leopard Gecko Mealworms

Leopard gecko mealworms are the larval stage of the Darkling beetle (Tenebrio molitor). Mealworm larvae have high amounts of fat (ca. 12 - 13%) and relative high amounts of protein (ca. 20%) and makes great Leopard gecko food. They have one downfall, namely low calcium levels (Ca:P ratio of about 1:18).

Feeding Leopard Gecko Mealworms

Because of their fats tails, Leopard geckos can eat high volumes of mealworms without problems. Whereas the high fat levels cause obesity and possible addition problems in most other lizards, Leopard geckos tend to store this fat in their tails, mainly utilizing the proteins for growth and body function.

Fresh mealworms can be fed in a shallow, escape proof dish with calcium supplementation to stimulate its intake. Uneaten Leopard gecko mealworms should be removed and replaced on a daily basis. Although mealworms are a relative good food source for Leopard geckos, it is important not to feed them as the only protein source. Other higher protein feeder insects such as crickets and/or cockroaches should make out the bulk of the Leopard gecko food.

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