Vitamins, minerals, amino acids – we all need our supplements right? Your pet Leopard gecko does too! Just like with humans, Leopard gecko supplementation is the addition of these nutrients to its diet.
By supplementing your Leopard gecko’s diet, you make sure it gets the benefit of nutrients which its food is, or is suspected to be deficient in. In other words, supplementation helps to improve the overall value of the food.
Why use supplements for your Leopard gecko?
Pet Leopard geckos are not exposed to a variety of wild, well balanced insects as they are in nature. Most keepers tend to feed them a small variety of insects, of which most are not nutritionally balanced with regards to vitamins and minerals. Balanced food are vital for optimal health.
How do I supplement my Leopard gecko?
Leopard gecko supplementation is either done on its own, by dusting live prey, or by gut-loading live prey.
Feeder insects such as crickets and cockroaches can be gut-loaded with an appropriate mineral / vitamin supplement. Insect gut-loading should take place at least 24 to 48 hours prior to feeding.
In addition to gut-loading, all feeder insects, including Mealworms, waxworms and Phoenix worms, should be dusted two to three times a week with a Calcium / vitamin D3 combination powder. An ad lib supply of powdered Leopard gecko calcium / vitamin D3 supplement should be supplied in a small dish or lid for extra calcium needs.
What supplements to use for your Leopard gecko
The most important mineral supplement for Leopard geckos is Calcium. In order to absorb this mineral, it needs to be combined with vitamin D3. Other supplements include multi vitamins which can also be in the form of powder or liquid sprays.
These days its quite easy to get a commercial reptile or even Leopard gecko supplements, so instead of wondering or trying to use untested sources, rather use these.
Like all humans, Leopard geckos needs supplementation too. It is usually done on its own, through gut-loading or through dusting. Commercial reptile supplements should rather be used.
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