Leopard Gecko Mealworms
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
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
should make out the bulk of the Leopard gecko food.