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    We have a new leopard gecko (juvenile). Hes wonderful and I want to make sure hes getting fed correctly. We are doing mostly meal worms. How much should he get daily? We have a UVB light so the pet store said not to dust the meal worms in calcium. Should I do anything to the meal worms? We just have them in the fridge and then feed about 8 a day. Any vitamins needed? Is 8 enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaGecko View Post
    We have a new leopard gecko (juvenile). He’s wonderful and I want to make sure he’s getting fed correctly. We are doing mostly meal worms. How much should he get daily? We have a UVB light so the pet store said not to dust the meal worms in calcium. Should I do anything to the meal worms? We just have them in the fridge and then feed about 8 a day. Any vitamins needed? Is 8 enough?
    What size is your leo's enclosure?
    "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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    He (? Maybe too young to tell ) is in a 10 galling tank while he’s little, but we will move him into his 20 gallon long tank when he’s a bit bigger. I’m now reading that the UVB light may not be a good idea. Thinking I should remove and go with supplements. That was the plan until the pet store lady told us we were going to kill him without UVB light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaGecko View Post
    He (? Maybe too young to tell ) is in a 10 galling tank while he’s little, but we will move him into his 20 gallon long tank when he’s a bit bigger. I’m now reading that the UVB light may not be a good idea. Thinking I should remove and go with supplements. That was the plan until the pet store lady told us we were going to kill him without UVB light.
    Oh my goodness! GU is here to share successful ways of keeping geckos.

    Calcium with D3, plain calcium, and multivitamins are necessary for a leo 0-12 months old! They are safer for a leo starting out in a 10 gallon. Maybe for life. There is a leo in the EU who's in her mid-30's now!

    Feed your leo all he'll eat in about 15 minutes. Dust the mealworns like the schedule I mentioned on your other thread. When mealworms are kept in the refrigerator they go dormant. Take his meal out 24-48 hours ahead of feeding time. Feed them something like Pro Gutload diet by Professional Reptiles to fill their guts. That's how they pass nutrients on to geckos. It may be easier to keep mealworms at room temps on a bedding of Pro Gutload.

    Also add some dubia or crickets to his diet.

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    UVB has a definite place for leos, but really that setup should be ~ 4 feet long, similar to the 2 vivaria @Seth9999 built.

    Sexing Leopard Geckos -- Leopard geckos become sexable at about 6 months old. Males can be distinguished from females by a distinct /\-shaped row of pores above the vent and by two hemipenal bulges below the vent. To see their vents, potential male pores, and hemipenal bulges gently press their bodies up against the glass. They'll squirm if you try to turn them over.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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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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    Thank you Elizabeth!! I really appreciate all your help. We returned the UVB light and got all the supplements you recommended. We will follow your schedule as well. We are trying crickets for the first time tonight. Is 2 enough for a juvenile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaGecko View Post
    Thank you Elizabeth!! I really appreciate all your help. We returned the UVB light and got all the supplements you recommended. We will follow your schedule as well. We are trying crickets for the first time tonight. Is 2 enough for a juvenile?
    You are most welcome. Just making sure only 1 of your supplements contains vitamin D3.

    The number of crickets depends upon the crickets' sizes and your leo's appetite. Try for all he'll eat in 15 minutes.
    "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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