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    Are there other feeder insects that are safe and healthy for crested geckos? I am feeding CGD as the primary source of nutrition and offer crickets once a week. Are there any other things they can have, besides roaches because I am NOT bringing roaches into my home voluntarily and I think I am prohibited from bringing them into the state since I live in coastal GA and we have enough types already. I think meal worms are frowned on, but what about some other types of worms like silk or wax or hornworms, purchased as feeder insects, not procured from the yard. I know I like a little variety in my diet and wondered if there was something else besides crickets that would make my babies smack their lips with delight!
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    Roaches are a great bet, and if the factor of it being a roach was overlooked, crickets would be gone real quick. Most of the roaches used in feeding reptiles are tropical species which need high humidity and heat to thrive. Red runners and dubia nymphs are great (Dubia roaches are illegal in FLA, not sure about GA, if illegal, discoid roaches are nearly identical)

    Your other bet is worms. Wax worms are really fatty, but I still use regularly. Horn worms get too large too quickly, and can be pricey. Pheonix worms are very good feeders, one of the highest in calcium. I have had issues getting animals to eat them though, and the species of fly they turn into look like hornets. My last suggestion would be butter worms. If I could culture these, I would use them as a staple for most of my insectivores, but they are made sterile because the moth they turn into would become an invasive and destructive species. They are also more expensive.

    I would not ever recommend meal worms, super worms, or baby food as good ideas even as treats. They do not digest the exoskeleton of the worms, and baby food is too high in sugars etc, to really be any good for them.

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    While variety is good, I think having geckos on a staple food is more important. My dogs and cats eat the same dog and cat food every day, and changing their food can upset their system. I believe you have younger geckos, right? It's really important that they get established on the cgd before you start mixing it up too much. You don't want to create a picky eater, either.
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    Yes, Krystal, you are correct, very young ones. I am so thankful for such information from folks with more experience than me. I appreciate you both for your replies and I will stick with crickets, as they are available, accepted, and legal! I get over zealous sometimes and want to do too much too quick, but thanks to advice from those here, I rein myself in. Both my babies are thriving with the situation as is, so I will stay with the plan. Krystal, did you see the pics of my babies on my other post about the shopping tips? I added some pics there of both geckos and my set up, which is a work in progress. More plants and such on the way! Tonight is CGD night, so I will whip up a batch for the kids in a little while, give em a mist and enjoy watching them do not much! LOL!
    Denise
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