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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    if you're going to feed him crickets, you'll probably want to give him more than one a week?

    and yes, they're very difficult to breed at home.

    gut-loading feeders is covered very extensively in other subforums regarding nutrition; I'd look for pointers there. everyone has a different take, and it's nice to see what many people say and then decide on a course of action that works well for you.

    one more thing - you don't want the critter keeper with the tubes. they can escape. I find that if I put several TP rolls into a regular CK, they work as an easy way to feed off crickets but there aren't the cracks by the top where they can get out.
    Alright, thank you. I do have cut up paper towel rolls in the cricket enclosure so that they have something to hide and play in/on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    Re thrift stores for greenery - not in the pet department, look in floral stuff. Knick-knack areas will often have fun decor as well. Just make sure not to get anything with sharp pieces; I know you would watch for that.

    The thrift stores here don’t really have much other than clothing. I will have to take a look next time I go to one of the larger thrift stores. Thank you for your suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    1. I am planning to buy him crickets to feed him 1 or 2 a week and I will buy calcium and D3 to coat them with, and maybe I will even try breeding crickets so I donít have to buy them so often.
    A reliable powdered diet + 1-2 crickets each week = an excellent mix! Then there is NO need to powder the crickets with anything.

    I stopped feeding my crestie crickets, and he scarcely eats any now. He's hooked on sweet powdered diets.

    2. I have been feeding him (Repashy) every other day as I read that that is what you are supposed to do. He doesnít eat all his food on the first night so he still has food left if he gets hungry at all.
    Mainly Repashy's powdered diet is quite good.

    3. Is it wasteful to just trow out what he doesn't eat? He is being fed a Repashy mix that was given to me by their previous owner.
    If you wish, feed any food your gecko doesn't eat to your crickets.

    4. The worker was saying that if you feed the crickets a calcium rich diet that you do not have to dust the crickets with calcium and D3 powder before you give them to your lizard. I just wanted to come her and see if that is true and what you guys thought about the situation.
    Just so you know, Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Food fails as a "calcium rich diet". There has been research to prove this.

    Keep the cricket dry diet dry. Place the dry cricket diet in a ridged lid that crickets can easily access. If you mix it with water, there's a chance it will mold.

    Keep veggies and greens separate from the dry cricket diet. This also prevents mold.
    • High calcium, low phosphorus, leafy greens like collared, mustard, turnip, and pesticide-free dandlion flowers and greens make excellent cricket food!

    Whether or not one needs to lightly dust the crickets with some D3 calcium depends upon what you're mostly feeding your gecko. If you're only feeding him 1-2 crickets per week don't worry about dusting them. Complete powdered diets provide all the nutrients and vitamins your crestie needs.

    5. I am trying to find a crested gecko owner who is experienced with feeding crickets and caring for/breeding them in the mean time. I just want to make sure if the information the worker gave me was correct, I donít want to do something if it will harm the crested gecko in any way. I understand. I have kept my crestie since 2007. He's about 13 years old. Initially I fed him crickets all the time. I keep many crickets for my other geckos.

    6. I give the gecko filtered tap water and also use filtered tap water to mist the cage.
    How do you filter your water? If your tap water is safe for you to drink, it's safe for your crestie. There's NO reason to filter the water or even treat it with Reptisafe.



    You seem very thorough.

    Here's a visual of twisty vines. Twist a single vine together like crossed fingers to give your crestie a better footing.

    For your continued research have you been able to read my care sheet and my cricket guidelines? It's really too much info to repeat on a thread. That's why I shared those links. One benefit of forums like GU is that there are always past posts to refer to.

    Oops, I didnít see this reply.
    1. Is it necessary to feed a crested gecko crickets at all? I have heard that it is a good idea but many people have said that powdered crested gecko food that you mix with water has all the nutrients they need.

    4. The worker told me that it was a good choice so I kind of just went with what she said because I wasnít able to do research on what food to give crickets before hand. I do keep the cricket food dry. Their food and water are in separate containers originally sold as condiment to go containers but I cut them up so they are accessible to the crickets. I do have the vegetable scraps in with the dry food but I do replace the fresh food everyday so it doesnít get moody or anything. I donít really have space for another container as their encloser is smaller than I thought it was. I have given them little pieces of cauliflower stem, carrot, broccoli, and lettuce so far.

    5. It terrifies me to think about how long they live and it actually makes me kind of sad. I know that people will probably think that I am an unfit pet parent for these reasons but people can think what they want. I was given this crested gecko because their previous owner wasnít caring for them properly and it was either give him to me and him have a chance at living or he dies. In some ways, me getting him wasnít really my choice. It makes me sad to think that this little lizard who doesnít really do anything and just sits in a tank all day, that I didnít 100% want would live longer than my other pets that are around me and out and about way more and who I have created a huge bond with. Say what you will but it is just my train of thought. I donít really consider him as mine.

    6. I filter the water with a Brita water filter. I donít even drink water straight from the tap and I give ALL my animals filtered water.

    I am not sure if I have read your care sheet and cricket guildlined, I may have.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, donít say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrested View Post
    Now that I have had the crickets for a few days, I really feel bad being the cause of their deaths. Also, I tried feeding the crested gecko (still doesn’t have a name) one and he wasn’t interested in it. I also still have no clue what I am supposed to do to the crickets before I give them to the crested gecko to eat.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.
    Here are my Cricket Guidelines. I realize you only keep a few crickets. The care is the same, just on a smaller scale. Please click and read it.

    Even a few crickets need a bigger space like an XL Kritter Keeper. A tallish plastic Sterilite tub from somewhere like Home Depot is another option. Primary causes of cricket death are too much moisture, stagnant air, and old age. Crickets live about 9 weeks.


    How did you offer the cricket to your crestie? Did you toss it in his cage? Wait a day or 2 until he's hungry. Then try again. Just offer it plain -- not dusted.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-26-2019 at 11:28 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    If your crestie is eating the Repashy, you don't really even need to feed him crickets at all. The Repashy (or Pangea brand) has everything he needs. The crickets would be more for hunting enrichment, but many cresties (mine included) show no interest.

    Your crestie is nocturnal. He's sleeping during the day, that's why you're not seeing him move much. Most likely he is out and about during the night, and will return to his favorite spot to sleep before daylight.

    You have an incredibly big heart to take this little guy on when you don't really have a vested interest in him. But I'm betting he'll grow on you. And if he doesn't, just keep your eyes and ears out for another person who shows interest in reptiles and might be willing and able to take him on as a forever pet. They're out there.
    Eileen and Repti-Friends
    TAD (Tiny Ancient Dinosaur) - Crested Gecko 1.0.0
    Hidey - Gargoyle Gecko 0.1.0
    O.G. (Office Gecko) - Bauer's Chameleon Gecko 1.0.0
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    PS:
    Each of our posts contains way too many issues! I'm going to begin with 1 issue per post to see whether that helps.

    Are you posting via cell phone??? I check in by laptop. Please don't repeat what you've already mentioned. If I need to reread your posts I can easily do that by scrolling backwards or forwards.

    When I post a link can you click on it?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-26-2019 at 11:37 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Here's my Cricket Guidelines. I realize you only keep a few crickets. The care is the same, just on a smaller scale. Please click and read it.

    Even a few crickets need a bigger space like an XL Kritter Keeper. A tallish plastic Sterilite tub from somewhere like Home Depot is another option. Primary causes of cricket death are too much moisture, stagnant air, and old age. Crickets live about 9 weeks.


    How did you offer the cricket to your crestie? Did you toss it in his cage? Wait a day or 2 until he's hungry. Then try again. Just offer it plain -- not dusted.
    I didn’t know at the time that the crickets needed a larger enclosure because the worker at the pet store said that a small one was good enough. Once I got back with it I realized that it was quite small. As for the causes of death in crickets, the room they are kept in is quite dry actually (I do keep the crested gecko enclosures moist though). I am still waiting for my air humidifier to come in to bring moisture back into the air. A fan is on in the morning for about an hour or longer for air flow.

    I did just put the cricket into the enclosure as I wasn’t sure how else to do it. The cricket was originally hiding in a crevice in the gecko tank but I can’t seem to find them anymore so I geuss the gecko ate them. It was offered plain as I don’t have calcium powder at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    PS:
    Each of our posts contains way too many issues! I'm going to begin with 1 issue per post to see whether that helps.

    Are you posting via cell phone??? I check in by laptop. Please don't repeat what you've already mentioned. Are you posting via cell phone??? I check in by laptop. If I need to reread your posts I can easily do that by scrolling backwards or forwards.

    When I post a link can you click on it?
    Sorry about that. I guess I am just used to having to repeat myself.

    I use both a cell phone and a laptop to check and reply to this thread.

    Yes, when you post a link I am able to click on it.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, donít say it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    If your crestie is eating the Repashy, you don't really even need to feed him crickets at all. The Repashy (or Pangea brand) has everything he needs. The crickets would be more for hunting enrichment, but many cresties (mine included) show no interest.

    Your crestie is nocturnal. He's sleeping during the day, that's why you're not seeing him move much. Most likely he is out and about during the night, and will return to his favorite spot to sleep before daylight.

    You have an incredibly big heart to take this little guy on when you don't really have a vested interest in him. But I'm betting he'll grow on you. And if he doesn't, just keep your eyes and ears out for another person who shows interest in reptiles and might be willing and able to take him on as a forever pet. They're out there.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrested View Post
    I didn’t know at the time that the crickets needed a larger enclosure because the worker at the pet store said that a small one was good enough. Once I got back with it I realized that it was quite small. As for the causes of death in crickets, the room they are kept in is quite dry actually (I do keep the crested gecko enclosures moist though). I am still waiting for my air humidifier to come in to bring moisture back into the air. A fan is on in the morning for about an hour or longer for air flow.

    I did just put the cricket into the enclosure as I wasn’t sure how else to do it. The cricket was originally hiding in a crevice in the gecko tank but I can’t seem to find them anymore so I geuss the gecko ate them. It was offered plain as I don’t have calcium powder at the moment.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.
    Good job! Some people use feeding bowls. If you do, you'll probably need to cut both back legs off the crickets right below their "knees". They'll still be able to walk, but not jump out of the bowl.

    1. About how long are the crickets you bought?
    2. Let's NOT feed him tonight (Tuesday). On Wednesday feed him another cricket. OK? If he eats the 2nd cricket, then continue with Repashy's. Try feeding him 2 crickets next week too.
    3. Hopefully this will peak his interest in LIVE food.

    Thoroughly mist the gecko enclosure 1x in the evening. Let the enclosure dry out during the day.

    After you reply to this post, I have some nutrition info to help you out.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-27-2019 at 01:04 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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