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Leopard Gecko Waxworms

Achroia grisella & Galleria mellonella

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Leopard gecko waxworms

Leopard Gecko Waxworms

Waxworms are the larvae of one of the two related wax moth species, the Lesser moth (Achroia grisella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). The are apparently natural pests of bee hives used for honey production.

Leopard Gecko Waxworm Feeding

Both these species are very tasty to Leopard geckos, but also very high in fat content (ca. 20 - 22% fat and 16% protein). Because of their fat tails, Leopard geckos can consume relatively large quantities of these worms without any harm. This however still means that the diet should be balanced with more nutritious foodstuff such as crickets and cockroaches.

Leopard gecko waxworms have a poor calcium to phosphorus ratio (1:7) and should be offered in a shallow escape proof dish with a suitable calcium supplementation to stimulate its intake. Waxworms only get to about 2.5 cm / 1 " in length. The earlier larval stages are perfect for baby Leopard geckos.

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