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    My Leo is picky. She doesn't want to hunt around her enclosure for crickets and they tend to bite her. They're difficult to catch and those f***ers are really good at hiding in her homes and trees and whatnot, so we moved away from crickets. She LOVES superworms, but some of those things are huge and it really scares me that she'll end up impacted. If she gets a big one I only let her eat two, small ones I give her more. But I just read on here that they're not good for them, so now I'm at a loss. She won't eat anything dead.

    At all.

    It has to be moving or she's not interested. I don't know of any breeders or reptile places around here so my only options are Petco, PetSmart, and a local family owned pet store that only sells worms and crickets. I know PetCo has roaches and I haven't tried those yet. I have to watch the worms or they crawl out of her food bowl and hide.

    So, what are my options here?

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    Feed her with tweezers. Problem solved.
    Crickets are great, but don't forget to gutload them first - if they run, they won't bite her (and will be much more nutritious).
    Don't be afraid to try the roaches. I've only had the best experience with them and I use them almost exclusively now. Watch the size of them though, juveniles and adults are too big for a leopard gecko.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IHaveNoIdea View Post
    Feed her with tweezers. Problem solved.
    Crickets are great, but don't forget to gutload them first - if they run, they won't bite her (and will be much more nutritious).
    Don't be afraid to try the roaches. I've only had the best experience with them and I use them almost exclusively now. Watch the size of them though, juveniles and adults are too big for a leopard gecko.
    Do I have to gut load roaches? I don't even know how to do that with crickets. She just started eating off the tweezers and by just I mean last night lol

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    Gut loading: get some gutload from the petstore. It's essentially powdered grain. Put it on the floor of the cricket enclosure so they'll have something to eat.
    Super worms: Some of my leopard geckos are superworm only eaters (one of them is now 8 years old!). The ideal diet for leopard geckos is a variety of bugs and worms. Some of them are picky. There's a lot of preaching about how this feeder or that feeder is no good. In my opinion they're going to eat what they're going to eat. I'm glad the tweezers is working for you and that it may give you a bigger variety of possibilities.

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    Gutloading is simply feeding your feeders. I feed mostly roaches to my geckos (although none of them are leopard geckos), but I buy P.I.G. or Repashy Grub Pie from Josh's Frogs or Pangea online. Your Petco might have the Repashy Grub Pie. Are you dusting the feeders with calcium (with and without d3) as well?

    I'm glad that the crickets seem to work now. Personally, I find the roaches much easier to keep than crickets, and buy my insects online from Josh's Frogs, but you have to find what works best for you. Do you have one of those mealworm dishes with the curved sides? If not, maybe one of those would work, or you can often find small dishes with curved sides at thrift shops that work really well.
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    Here's a reputable, yet inexpensive, gutload diet that has good proportions of protein and fat, et cetera. This ProGutload diet works well for most insects and some worms.

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    I gutload worms and roaches with carrots, apples, rodent food, higher quality leftover bread etc. I don't think it's so necessary to buy premium stuff. They need moisture to survive, so dried food needs to be supplemented by fresh fruits anyway.

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