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    I would like to start feeding my crickets foods with more Vitamin A and higher protein. So, would carrots, romaine lettuce, oranges, russet potatoes be a sufficient food to cover enough vitamin A? To cover protein, could they eat crushed Zignature dog food? Thank you.
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    I have found this article very helpful with gut-loading insects.
    The Anatomy of Gut-Loading | Ingredients & Nutritional Info | Much Ado About Chameleons

    Dog food can contain too much protein that the insects cannot expel properly and that can lead to a build-up of uric acid which can cause gout in reptiles. Potatoes are ok, but they contain a high amount of phosphorous. Lettuce is basically just water, I would go with dark leafy greens like collards, turnip and mustard greens. I have started giving my insects bug burger along with Zoo Med Adult Bearded Dragon food and the other various fruits and vegetables that I give them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spotty the Leopard Gecko View Post
    I would like to start feeding my crickets foods with more Vitamin A and higher protein. So, would carrots, romaine lettuce, oranges, russet potatoes be a sufficient food to cover enough vitamin A? To cover protein, could they eat crushed Zignature dog food? Thank you.
    The vitamin A from animal sources is called retinol, while plant source vitamin A is carotenoids, such as beta-carotene.

    Animal sources of retinol is bio-available, the gecko can use it 'as is', no extra processing needed. The vitamin A from plant sources, has to be converted to retinol before it can be used.
    This is what the geckos have trouble with - they don't absorb beta-carotene very well, so they don't have enough to convert to the 'finished' vitamin A. Some species also seem to have trouble converting it to pre-formed vitamin A (retinol).

    You can increase the beta-carotene rich content of the gutload as much as you want, but it won't benefit the geckos any. They still can't convert it properly, no matter how much you stuff into a cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JessJohnson87 View Post
    I have found this article very helpful with gut-loading insects.
    The Anatomy of Gut-Loading | Ingredients & Nutritional Info | Much Ado About Chameleons

    Dog food can contain too much protein that the insects cannot expel properly and that can lead to a build-up of uric acid which can cause gout in reptiles. Potatoes are ok, but they contain a high amount of phosphorous. Lettuce is basically just water, I would go with dark leafy greens like collards, turnip and mustard greens. I have started giving my insects bug burger along with Zoo Med Adult Bearded Dragon food and the other various fruits and vegetables that I give them.
    So would Zoo Med Adult Bearded Dragon Food be ok to feed the crickets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
    The vitamin A from animal sources is called retinol, while plant source vitamin A is carotenoids, such as beta-carotene.

    Animal sources of retinol is bio-available, the gecko can use it 'as is', no extra processing needed. The vitamin A from plant sources, has to be converted to retinol before it can be used.
    This is what the geckos have trouble with - they don't absorb beta-carotene very well, so they don't have enough to convert to the 'finished' vitamin A. Some species also seem to have trouble converting it to pre-formed vitamin A (retinol).

    You can increase the beta-carotene rich content of the gutload as much as you want, but it won't benefit the geckos any. They still can't convert it properly, no matter how much you stuff into a cricket.
    How can I ensure my Leopard Gecko has the essential parts of Vitamin A he needs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spotty the Leopard Gecko View Post
    How can I ensure my Leopard Gecko has the essential parts of Vitamin A he needs?
    See this reply in your other thread:
    http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...tml#post461436
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