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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    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.
    I am not going to cut the crickets legs off.

    1. The crickets are of varying sizes, some are small, some are big, and some are in the middle.
    2. The cricket that I gave him was given on Tuesday. I was going to try feeding him on the days that line up with my cleaning schedule for my other animals (Wednesday and Sunday) I have also switched his cleaning day to Saturday instead of Sunday as Sundays are very busy for me.
    3. He is already used to eating live food as the previous owner also fed him crickets.

    I mist his enclosure in morning and at night so it can dry out inbetween mistings, i dont want him to be deprived of moisture.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrested View Post
    I am not going to cut the crickets legs off.

    1. The crickets are of varying sizes, some are small, some are big, and some are in the middle.
    2. The cricket that I gave him was given on Tuesday. I was going to try feeding him on the days that line up with my cleaning schedule for my other animals (Wednesday and Sunday) I have also switched his cleaning day to Saturday instead of Sunday as Sundays are very busy for me.
    3. He is already used to eating live food as the previous owner also fed him crickets.

    I mist his enclosure in morning and at night so it can dry out inbetween mistings, i dont want him to be deprived of moisture.

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it.
    /\ That sounds alright.
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    4. The worker told me that it was a good choice so I kind of just went with what she said because I wasn’t 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 doesn’t get moody or anything. I don’t 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.

    . . . . . .

    6. I filter the water with a Brita water filter. I don’t even drink water straight from the tap and I give ALL my animals filtered water.
    Thanks! Using a Brita water filter is fine. (I asked because some people use water filtering methods that aren't fine.)

    Here are diet suggestions for your crickets. (I have read what you are currently doing.)
    1. A dry diet (I know you already have Fluker's.)
    2. Veggies selected from the list below. (Some veggies aren't recommended.)


    \/ \/ from "Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms......Olimpia -- August 2013"
    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    "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
    Thanks! Using a Brita water filter is fine. (I asked because some people use water filtering methods that aren't fine.)

    Here are diet suggestions for your crickets. (I have read what you are currently doing.)
    1. A dry diet (I know you already have Fluker's.)
    2. Veggies selected from the list below. (Some veggies aren't recommended.)


    \/ \/ from "Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms......Olimpia -- August 2013"
    Sorry for the late response.

    I didnít know that there was a certain variety of fresh foods you could feed a cricket, I was just giving them food scraps from what I was feeding my other animals. Unfortunately, I do not think I have access to the foods listed in the Ďbestí catagory. What about any fruits or berries that I can give them?

    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
    Sorry for the late response.

    I didn’t know that there was a certain variety of fresh foods you could feed a cricket, I was just giving them food scraps from what I was feeding my other animals. Unfortunately, I do not think I have access to the foods listed in the ‘best’ catagory. What about any fruits or berries that I can give them?

    All replies are appreciated. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.
    Certain food scraps are GREAT for crickets! Which veggies and fruits partially have to do with reported levels of phosphorus in common feeder insects. Crickets (and geckos) certainly do NOT need more phosphorus, because phosphorus impacts the absorption of calcium. High calcium/low phosphorus foods are ideal.

    Now you have some knowledge about 'best' and 'good' fruits and veggies from that list. That's one benefit of forum life.

    I see blackberries on that list. Print this list for easy reference. Concentrate on foods from the 'good' list you can buy like sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, oranges, mangoes, butternut squash, blackberries, and green beans.

    \/ \/ from "Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms......Olimpia -- August 2013"
    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    Here's a United States Department of Agriculture list to type out veggies and fruits not on this particular list.
    Click: Foods List
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-28-2019 at 05:34 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Certain food scraps are GREAT for crickets! Which veggies and fruits partially have to do with reported levels of phosphorus in common feeder insects. Crickets (and geckos) certainly do NOT need more phosphorus, because phosphorus impacts the absorption of calcium. High calcium/low phosphorus foods are ideal.

    Now you have some knowledge about 'best' and 'good' fruits and veggies from that list. That's one benefit of forum life.

    I see blackberries on that list. Print this list for easy reference. Concentrate on foods from the 'good' list you can buy like sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, oranges, mangoes, butternut squash, blackberries, and green beans.

    \/ \/ from "Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms......Olimpia -- August 2013"


    Here's a United States Department of Agriculture list to type out veggies and fruits not on this particular list.
    Click: Foods List


    I will try to print the list today if I am able to remember. Thank you.
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    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 wasn’t 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 wasn’t really my choice. It makes me sad to think that this little lizard who doesn’t really do anything and just sits in a tank all day, that I didn’t 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 don’t really consider him as mine.
    Cresties prowl around at night. Have you found any fat hollow bamboo (for a hiding place) or twisty vines for your crestie yet? PVC tubes from Home Depot can substitute for bamboo. A thick twisty vine will give your little guy something to climb.

    What pets are you keeping these days?

    Earlier you shared these photos. Geckoleen mentioned your crested gecko enclosure seems to be 12 x 12 x 18 inches high. Does that size and height seem correct?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-30-2019 at 03:31 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Cresties prowl around at night. Have you found any fat hollow bamboo (for a hiding place) or twisty vines for your crestie yet? PVC tubes from Home Depot can substitute for bamboo. A thick twisty vine will give your little guy something to climb.

    What pets are you keeping these days?

    Earlier you shared these photos. Geckoleen mentioned your crested gecko enclosure seems to be 12 x 12 x 18 inches high. Does that size and height seem correct?

    I 100% didn’t mean for what I said about him to be mean. For some reason, when I make even the littlest decision, or a big decision like taking in a crested gecko, I always question if I made the wrong decision but after time I do warm up to it. It is just the way I am and it sucks sometimes. I was absolutely joyed that I would be able to have another pet and be able to take care of them but then reality hit and I realized that they live up to 15 years and would out live all of the animals that I already have. I really don’t mean to sound like I hate him or anything and I feel really bad for what I said. I apologize.

    I haven’t found any hollow bamboo yet. I have found twisty vines when i bought the crickets but I believe they were really expensive along with the foliage that I saw at the store. I will try to look for some PVC pipe.

    I asked the previous owner what the dimensions of the enclosure were and they said that they don’t know so I used a ruler. I believe the enclosure is the size that you mentioned above (12 in x 12 in x 18 in).

    Also, I did end up forgetting to print the list of foods that are suitable and unsuitable to feed crickets so I will just refer to the list online until I have access to a printer next.

    Thank you for your help.
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    /\ /\ No worries at all, R-E-A-L-L-Y!

    What other pets do you have?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
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    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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    There is no harm in being honest.

    I started out with an adult crestie, whom I love dearly, but he has always been skittish to handle, and mostly only becomes active in late evening, about the time I go to bed. People told me that gargoyles are usually a little more of a "hand-lump", and might take better to handling. So I got a baby one (now 2 years old), and oh my gosh, he likes handling even less than my crestie! And he hides all the time. I never see him at all unless I am cleaning his cage (he is fine and healthy, btw). Still looking for at least some visibility, I got a Bauer's chameleon gecko, that I took to work and keep in a terrarium on my desk. He's great - even though I don't handle him much, he's out on a vine where I can see him, and he moves very slowly - but at least I see him moving! And I love having some small life at my desk. Then I saw a video about a Cuban False Chameleon and how docile they are. Got him - and he is, by far, my favorite. Diurnal, very active, doesn't mind being handled at all! Bingo! So I'm at 4, and I'll stay at 4. I am planning on keeping all of them, unless I can find someone I trust for the gargoyle. I am content to just let them be lizards, even if I don't see them or interact much with them. They're cool little critters, and really don't take much work or expense once you have the original setup done.

    So - you don't have to apologize at all for how you feel about your little guy or girl. I'm betting that if you start handling him, and he's OK with it, you will probably get hooked. And if not, as I said earlier, keep your antennae out for someone who may very well totally love your little guy and provide it a great home. You are not being mean, you are being honest! I'd rather you care for it properly while you look for a good home, than leave it with someone who neglected it.

    I too, am interested in what other pets you have, that you enjoy!
    Eileen and Repti-Friends
    TAD (Tiny Ancient Dinosaur) - Crested Gecko 1.0.0
    Hygge - Gargoyle Gecko 0.1.0
    O.G. (Office Gecko) - Bauer's Chameleon Gecko 1.0.0
    TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Western Bearded Anole 1.0.0

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