Things to Know about Your Leopard Gecko’s Diet

The Leopard Gecko is one of the breeds that have been tagged as a captive one for about 30 years. They are now one of the most adorable pets that most American families love to keep in their homes. They come in different sizes, patterns, and colors. This is one among the best species, more like a friendly dinosaur for the home.


This adorable breed is very easily available in the pet stores. One can find varieties of them at the reptile shows and also on the Internet. There are many websites where the breeders share their experience on bringing up the leopard gecko, so that one can use the same to bring up their pet. They are available at different prices between 20 to 3000 dollars. The collector market available worldwide is also a good place to get rarer variations of this species. Leopard gecko eats insects and they do not prefer veggies or plants.


What is the Best Food for a Leopard Gecko?

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It is a reptile that prefers to go for a very pure insect diet. Geckos may change their preferences with time and so one should keep different types of gecko food on hand.Here are the variety of food items that one can store for the Leopard Gecko.

1. Crickets

crickets The best food item for geckos is crickets. It is simply the best. Crickets are available in the market from many suppliers to be bought for the pet geckos. It is advised to inquire about the size of the crickets before buying them as too large a cricket may make it very hard for the geckos to eat them.

2. Mealworm

Mealworm The mealworms are also good options for feeding geckos as they are very convenient to store and feed them. Since mealworms do not have much movement, some geckos might not like to feed on them.

3. Silkworms

Silkworms Silkworms are also one of the best options to include in the diet of a leopard gecko. These small and white worms can live only for a few weeks and so it can be ordered only in small quantities. Silkworms are not very easily available.


4. Waxworms

Waxworms Waxworms are a good option for geckos but they are higher in fat. Geckos should not be fed too much of waxworms else they may turn to be obese.

5. Dubia Roaches

Dubia Roaches It is another gecko food that is becoming highly popular. These insects live much longer than the other food options and also does not have any unpleasant smell.

6. Phoenix Worms

Phoenix Worms Gecko's diet can be made awesome and added with variety with the addition of Phoenix worms. These are smaller ones and can be easily fed to smaller leopard geckos.

7. Locusts

Locusts Locusts are good additions to the diet of a leopard gecko. They are similar to the other food options of a leopard gecko. These insects are very difficult to get and one should measure the size before giving them to the geckos.

8. Butterworms

Butterworms are somewhat different in comparison to most other varieties of worms. These worms are thought to be similar to waxworms. They are the larval version of the Chilean moth and much lower in fat and higher in protein and calcium. They can be stored in the refrigerator for many months and can be fed to the gecko.


9. Superworms

Superworms Superworms are the larval stage of Zophobas beetles. They are also called King worms and are the popular live food for the geckos as they are softer and much easier to digest than the mealworms. They have a higher protein content and lower fat content and are the best diet for the leopard geckos.

10. Hornworms

Hornworm These are another good food option for the cute reptile as they are very high in calcium and low in fat. They do not have exoskeleton thus making them much easier to get digested.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does a Leopard Gecko Eat?
A: The pet reptile is popular for eating anything that moves in front of it. It is a pet that cannot be fed with any dead preys. The feeding schedule of the leopard geckos depends on their health. Geckos that are young and growing should eat 4 to 8 insects every day. The adult geckos which are around 1 to 2 years old eat on the alternate days with 5 to 10 insects. The unwell and weak geckos should be fed every day till they get healthy. The picky eaters can be fed normally and their food dish can be left with some worms so that they can eat whenever they are hungry.
How to feed a baby leopard Gecko?
A: The cathemeral are carnivorous in nature. They do not feed on vegetables or plants but eat only insects like crickets and mealworms. The baby geckosshould be offeredsome mealworms and crickets. The insects that are fed to the baby geckos should not be bigger than the width of their head. The insects that should be fed to the gecko should have a good amount of minerals, vitamins, and calcium. If the insects are raised to feed the gecko, the insects should be coated with the calcium powder thrice a week. The baby geckos should be fed with insects in the smaller shallow dishes in which geckos climb and eat.
How Often Should I Feed My Leopard Gecko?
A: The pet lizard should be fed with insects that are gut loaded or dusted. If the insects are being fed to the leopard gecko, it should be kept in the habitat inside a bowl. Leopard geckos cannot be overfed as they stop eating if they are not hungry. The frequency of the feeding of the gecko depends on the age of the gecko. The young and the growing geckos should be fed daily, the adult ones of 1 to 2 years should be fed on alternate days.
What Kind of Water Is Needed for a Leopard Gecko?
A: The Leopard Gecko should drink fresh and clean water and it should be made available in the gecko's tank. The dish that should be used for giving drinking water should be shallow so that gecko can easily drink from it. The substrate in the cage needs to be dry and so the dish should be kept stable for avoiding a spill.


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