Mineral supplementation plays a vital part in keeping pet Leopard geckos healthy. One way to add these supplements to their diet is by gut-loading their food. They say you are what you eat right? Well, the same goes for your food. In order to feed good quality feeder insects to Leopard geckos, they also need to eat good quality food. Gut-loading literally translates to loading the intestines with a highly nutritious food.
Gut-loading is done by feeding feeder insects a highly palatable and nutritious diet prior feeding them to Leopard geckos. Insects are therefore the transport medium for these minerals. Nowadays it is recommended to feed insects gut-loading foods for longer periods of time to improve their own body composition in addition to filling the intestines.
Gut-loading food can be in the form of dry or fresh foods. A fresh mixture of everyday fruit and vegetable remains can be fed to these insects. Dry gut-loading foods can be in the form of various commercial or self-made gut-loading mixtures.
Crickets are probably the most important insect used to feed Leopard gecko. Fortunately cricket gut-loading is a simple process. It is simply done by replacing their regular (maintenance) food with a high quality cricket gut-loading food. Crickets should be gut-loaded forty eight to twenty four hours prior to their offering to Leopard geckos.
Gut-loading of foods
Various commercial cricket gut-load foods are also available from the internet or some specialized reptile pet shops.
Other ways to add minerals to Leopard geckos are by dusting powdered or sprinkling liquid forms directly on their food (usually mealworms).
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