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    My leo is male, about 6 yrs old, and a happy go lucky sweetie.

    So my local pet store is out of mealworms...AGAIN...supposedly a shortage the last few months. The only other options they have at this time is, crickets, superworms, waxworms, calci-worms, and occassionally spotted roaches. Problem is, although my boy loves feeding time, he can get picky. Mealworms have been the only thing he will eat consistantly.

    I tried all of the above with him. Crickets..he started refusing them when he was 2 yrs old. Calci-worms...he had zero interest...possibly because they are so small. Waxworms...of course he loves ("gecko crack"), unfortunately they have little nutritional value and I don't want a blimp gecko. Roaches I thought a one point were a yay...except he would only eat 2-3 and then refused them...even at future offerings. I've used superworms as a variety with his mealworms, but don't feel they could serve as a main course. He does like them, yes, but seems to struggle a bit with them..possibly too large or active for him. He doesn't like them wiggling and hitting the side of his face when he catches them.

    I thought of possibly trying canned or freeze dried insects, but I fear he may find no interest since their dead.

    I've looked on Amazon, but I have concerns with some reviews and don't want to risk my boys health not knowing for sure if its truly safe for him.

    So does anyone have any suggestions. Are there any good companies I could order directly from. (note I only have 1 gecko...so huge bulk of insects would be a waste).

    Thank you all in advance for any feedback or suggestions!!!

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    If he's so picky to the point where you're having trouble feeding him anything besides mealworms, he would probably not eat freezedried insects, although it doesn't hurt to try.

    I use freezedried mealworms to leave in their dish. They don't normally eat them because they prefer moving, live prey. But at least they're there. They will eat the freezedried worms when I handfeed it to them, but I only do this when I run out of their normal food because live food has more nutritional value as far as gutloading and everything.

    If you find mealworms online for a decent price I say go for it. Most companies offer many different quantities they can ship. Sometimes there are people locally who breed them, too. I've seen craigslist ads in my area. May be worth checking into.
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    Amazon and ebay are the best places to buy live mealworms online.

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    Rainbow Mealworms and Crickets

    Freeze-dried insects usually have very little nutrtional value.
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