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    How many of you feed your gecko by making them hunt for their food? I know crickets can bite but ill be doing this with dubia roaches only. Right now I tong feed, but i want to simulate a more natural hunt for my gecko. Hes always hungry and I know how much he eats, so I dont think he will let the roaches go if he sees them. Just curious if anyone else does this and what their opinions are on it. How dangerous would it be if the roach ate some gecko poop? I remove it as soon as I see it so it wont be just sitting in there 24/7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    How many of you feed your gecko by making them hunt for their food? I know crickets can bite but ill be doing this with dubia roaches only. Right now I tong feed, but i want to simulate a more natural hunt for my gecko. Hes always hungry and I know how much he eats, so I dont think he will let the roaches go if he sees them. Just curious if anyone else does this and what their opinions are on it. How dangerous would it be if the roach ate some gecko poop? I remove it as soon as I see it so it wont be just sitting in there 24/7.
    As-long as there is nowhere a number of Roaches could escape the Leo's and wind up dead out of your reach then I see no danger in it, the Roaches as you know will never harm the Leo outside of mild annoyance.

    As for eating the Feces they will likely avoid this unless they have been living without food for a number of days and since you remove it in a timely manner I see no danger there either.

    The only issues there could be with Roaches who wind up living in the terrarium without your knowledge and who are forced to eat the waste and risk later being caught by your Leo, if that wont happen my advice is to go for it.
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    Thanks Shane, I as well dont see much risk in it and think it will only benefit my leo making him actually do something. I like tong feeding because it makes him realize im good and not harm, but i feel like he doesnt have to do much and doesnt get any fun trying to hunt down the roaches. Ive had some smaller red runner roaches escape their bowl somehow and get lost in the tank for a while, but that was unintentional and they were killed if i found them free roaming. The dubias ill be using will be to large to fit into the small nooks and crannys.
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    Let us know how that plan works, Kyle.
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    i do, but i usually stick a needle(of some sort, sorry to be disgusting...) and pretend crickets jumping, to trigger the leo's natuarl behaviour!
    and i have the control of where the cricket goes so that it wouldn't be the king of leo tank.lol!

    but the other times, i let mealworms free escape while the leo chase it, it is much easier with mealies.

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    For cricket feeding I take out most of the furniture and put the crickets in for about half an hour. For super worms, I drop the worm in front of each gecko and continue until they're satisfied.

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    Aliza, I could remove cage furniture but dont you think that scares the gecko? Also I have a lot of cage furniture. would be a pain to move every time and replace haha.
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    well, if u wont feel disgusted, u can use a needle(or some thing like that) and stick in its body, and "pretend" it free roam, and you can also control them...

    dont worry, i've done that so many times...lol!

    or u could just set up a playground( a box of some sort) and plain NOTHING but BIG and let the crickets run!

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    Regarding the removing of cage decor it depends on the individual as to whether or not it makes them nervous.

    The idea of free roaming food is a good one though and anything we can do which may enrich the Geckos lives we probably should be doing in my opinion.
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    I do it with both of mine. Neither really care for feeding from their bowls anymore and I wanted them to get a little exercise, as soon as I started it this way, both picked up the non-winter feeding habits again.
    Typically I have to drop them in one at a time though, otherwise they seem to get overwhelmed quickly and lose interest. It is far easier with super worms than the dubias. Dubias are much quicker so they can escape easier.
    As long as you are careful and move slowly I don't think removing the furniture would scare most Leos. I do it from time to time with the cool dry hide.
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