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11-18-2012, 07:13 PM #1
~new to cresties~ question.
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I work at Petco.
We have this tiny crested gecko baby in the back that is an extra. He's too small to go in the tank with the big boys so they have him in the back.
I am absolutely in love with it >O<.
So At petco they throw some crickets in the tank with it and some CGD.
It's some horrible brand that isn't High in nutrients at all.
I'm thinking of buying the Repashy Diet and Fruit mix for him. I want to feed him this strictly.
Is it possible for the cresties to switch from what petco was giving them to what I'm giving him? I don't want to feed him any insects. I know a few breeders who do this, but will he react well to this? I will order Repashy in a moment. I read that Repashy and this other brand can be fed to them strictly the 3.0 version has new egg and more protein to help their diet etc.
Also how will he get his calcium in take? should I buy some, what kind of calcium from Pangea?
Thank you! Hopefully someone can help.
11-18-2012, 07:17 PM #2
Repashy is a complete diet and therefore includes calcium.
I have never switched a crestie from something else to Repashy. So I can't give any insight to that. Good luck with the switch.-Meg-
11-18-2012, 07:24 PM #3
I know I read that they can be stubborn and to not panic if they don't eat for a day or two.
And ok Thank you on the info about the Calcium as well!
11-18-2012, 08:46 PM #4
Agree with Meg^.
If, after you've given the crestie some time, that you find it won't take to the Repashy, try hand-feeding the Repashy or add a little bit of honey to it to sweeten it up. This may tempt the crestie to go for it instead.~Cassi~
11-18-2012, 08:55 PM #5
11-18-2012, 09:04 PM #6
As it's an adjustment, much like if you were to bring it home and set it up in a new environment, it may take time for the crestie to get used to the new food. So I would give it about a week.
For hand-feeding, you could try holding a cup or spoon of Repashy in front of the gecko's nose to see if it'll lick it up from there. Or if that doesn't work, try dabbing a bit of it on the gecko's mouth so it can lick it off. I've tried both methods on stubborn geckos before and with patience, it has worked.~Cassi~Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 Likes
11-18-2012, 09:33 PM #7
11-18-2012, 10:41 PM #8
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However, I personally feed both of my geckos crickets about once a week as they really enjoy them plus I believe the variety is good for them. Feeder insects can also help them put on weight (healthily). I would recommend that you feed the gecko crickets eventually as I feel the crestie will benefit from them. However, I would hold off until you've been able to switch the gecko to Repashy. The reason being - I do know that some geckos, if fed crickets too often or if they dislike the flavor of Repashy, will refuse to eat the CGD and will hold out for crickets. Being that you're attempting to transition the gecko to a new food item that it may or may not take to, I would be sure it's established on the Repashy before offering crickets. Many breeders follow the same logic with hatchling and young cresties and will ensure they're eating Repashy well before offering anything else.
Cresties don't require any special lighting, so it depends what you're looking for. Generally, a low watt incandescent light works great. If you need to increase the ambient temp of the enclosure, you can opt for a higher wattage light as it will put out a bit more heat. Or, you can use a low watt UVB light - for example, a Reptisun 2.0. My one gecko has a 2.0 UVB because she's in a planted tank plus it keeps the ambient temps where they need to be. My other gecko just has a regular light as she's on paper towel and located on a higher shelf that ensures her enclosure is warm enough. I don't use nighttime lighting or heating for either of them as their temps don't drop below 65F. So it's really up to you and what you need for the gecko.
Am I right in assuming you're adopting this baby?~Cassi~Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 Likes