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    Just a quick question. Can leopard geckos eat earthworms? Are they nutritious? If so, can it be a staple diet if cut into smaller pieces?

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    No, it may be dangerous for your leo. I usually feed the same foods as my leo breeder, and occasionally introduce new insects as treats. Reach out to your breeder or pet store, and talk to them about what is ok to feed your leo, and what is not. I suggest a staple diet of crickets or a diet with variety, mainly consisting of meal worms and crickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki The Leo View Post
    No, it may be dangerous for your leo. I usually feed the same foods as my leo breeder, and occasionally introduce new insects as treats. Reach out to your breeder or pet store, and talk to them about what is ok to feed your leo, and what is not. I suggest a staple diet of crickets or a diet with variety, mainly consisting of meal worms and crickets.

    I have heard some things about earthworms being safe if bought correctly, though.

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    I have no idea whether or not earthworms are OK and would love to hear more info about why they aren't if anyone knows, or why they may be if they are.

    Aliza

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I have no idea whether or not earthworms are OK and would love to hear more info about why they aren't if anyone knows, or why they may be if they are.

    Aliza

    Same here. I often get no results of clear answers.

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    This is all anecdotal, but my 2 cents.

    My local fish store which sells food for predatory fish also stock earthworms.
    The worms are sold in a medium of soil, sawdust and powdered oatmeal and "vegetable material"

    He reckons if i want to use earthworms to feed the geckos i should probably wash them all and change out the medium. then throw them on damp eco earth and let them have wilted vegetables, apple cores, expired biscuits (moistened), etc (but no citrus, no alliums). After 2 days their gut should have been properly cleaned out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I have no idea whether or not earthworms are OK and would love to hear more info about why they aren't if anyone knows, or why they may be if they are.

    Aliza
    My vet recommended earth worms- but NOT to buy them from a bait store. They are often covered in pesticides- which can harm your gecko. There are multiple websites where you can buy feeders just for reptiles. Those places are safer. He said phoenix worms and earth worms are very nutritious...but not all leopard geckos like them. My girlie HATES them...so I'm feeding her superworms/crickets until my supply of earthworms arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crgadsby View Post
    My vet recommended earth worms- but NOT to buy them from a bait store. They are often covered in pesticides- which can harm your gecko. There are multiple websites where you can buy feeders just for reptiles. Those places are safer. He said phoenix worms and earth worms are very nutritious...but not all leopard geckos like them. My girlie HATES them...so I'm feeding her superworms/crickets until my supply of earthworms arrives.
    Did your vet recommend the source? If so, please share it. Iíve ordered nightcrawlers for my monitor lizards from bigappleherp but they were too large for the Leos.

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    I use Rainbow Mealworms and Crickets
    They offer a bunch of different feeders and also have care sheets available for them. IMO everything is fairly priced- shipping is the most expensive part. It's a pretty great site!

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    Here is a picture of the chart my vet gave me...It may be hard to read but overall it shows what feeders are better than others. IMG_20190121_163002.jpg

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