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    I am planning on getting my very first gecko in the summer time and I am wanting to know if they will eat Turk roaches (think they're known as Red Runners too), I have a growing colony of these as that's what I feed my tarantulas and if my gecko will eat these then brilliant, I will also be feeding mealies as well. If not then buying locust/crickets isn't a problem (though I don't much like touching crickets but am fine with locust)

    If people could share what their geckos will eat that would be great.
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    Yes They will eat roach if they are the correct size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c81kennedy View Post
    Yes They will eat roach if they are the correct size.
    Thanks for that, Turks aren't big anyway and the colony I have goes from tiny babies to adults.
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    Yeah my geckos will ignore a roach that is too small or to big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c81kennedy View Post
    Yeah my geckos will ignore a roach that is too small or to big.
    At the moment I have tarantulas which feed on roaches, they too will ignore any that are too small & my smaller spiders run away if they're too big.

    I haven't got my gecko yet, am still researching and reading up on them.

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    Yeah, lateralis high activity level stimulates the prey drive in a lot of gecko species and is great for getting geckos that won't feed on slower prey to eat. THey're a fine choice of roach species for most geckos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverside Reptiles View Post
    Yeah, lateralis high activity level stimulates the prey drive in a lot of gecko species and is great for getting geckos that won't feed on slower prey to eat. THey're a fine choice of roach species for most geckos.
    Great, thank you for that.
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    Some leos are more fussy than others. Best to feed variety:

    "crickets, roaches, grasshoppers, hornworms, Phoenix worms, silkworms, butterworms, mealworm pupas, very infrequent young mealworms for variety only and NOT as a staple, and locusts (smallest locusts possible)"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Some leos are more fussy than others. Best to feed variety:

    "crickets, roaches, grasshoppers, hornworms, Phoenix worms, silkworms, butterworms, mealworm pupas, very infrequent young mealworms for variety only and NOT as a staple, and locusts (smallest locusts possible)"
    Being in the UK the live food available is a bit different, crickets, locust, mealies, big super mario worm things but the others I'm not sure if I can get those from the local place I use & as said I have a growing colony of Turk roaches.
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