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    Hi I am new to geckos and was wondering if I can feed my gecko mealworms and calcium (w/o vitamin d) and maybe occasionally crickets or superworms? I have a problem with bugs and just cannot handle crickets. I am so scared they are going to jump out. So silly ik...

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    Use a pair of long feeding tongs. If a cricket ever escapes...step on it haha. I can give you a (weird) tip I did when I first got crickets and was freaked out by them: I would transfer them...in the bathtub. So atleast if they escaped while trying to transfer them into a baggy for dusting,etc, they would be stuck in the tub (and easy to spot).

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    Mealworms are a poor choice for a staple diet. Crickets and dubia are far more nutritious.
    If you are going to keep geckos and other herps, my advice is to find a way to be more comfortable around live insects. The herp hobby is not for the squeamish.

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    A leopard gecko needs calcium with D3 and multivitamins on a weekly basis.

    Part of the nutrition of any worm or bug depends upon what that feeder is fed prior to feeding it off to your leo.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    A leopard gecko needs calcium with D3 and multivitamins on a weekly basis.

    Part of the nutrition of any worm or bug depends upon what that feeder is fed prior to feeding it off to your leo.
    I thought that if you gave them calcium with vitamin d3 they could overdose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellytheleo View Post
    I thought that if you gave them calcium with vitamin d3 they could overdose.
    Vitamin D is crucial for the metabolism of calcium. Without vitamin D3, calcium won't be absorbed. Vitamin D is one of the fat soluble vitamins. That means it sticks around in a leo's body. Vitamin D is not flushed out every time they pee. An "adequate" dose only needs to be taken @ 1 feeding per week.

    Supplement schedules vary depending upon the supplements and the age of your leo. Here are 2 of 3 schedules I use and recommend for leopard geckos.

    Be sure to check the link below in my signature: Table of Contents. It includes over 150 links that take you directly to additional leo-related info.

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (without UVB)

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Mealworms >> Tuesday
    Crickets or dubia >> Wednesday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium) without D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday
    Crickets or dubia >> Friday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday
    No food or free choice >> Sunday

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .
    and

    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (without UVB)

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-04-2018 at 07:24 PM.
    "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 a vivarium <===

    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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