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    My daughter's gecko, Jerry, seems okay with his eating. He has eaten crickets, dubias, mealworms, waxworms and calci-worms. I really don't like crickets - Jerry is really bad at catching them, I have no desire to breed them, and recatching the ones Jerry misses is a pain.

    Typically, Jerry eats as many as 8 mealworms or dubias every other day. (Jerry is about 1.5 yrs old) About once every month or two he gets 4 waxworms, as a treat. He's only had calci-worms once, haven't been able to find them since.

    So, when I was feeding him crickets, I would clear out everything in his viv, then drop in the bugs. That way I could see what he missed, and it was easier to re-catch them. Should I have left his hides and water dish in, risking leaving crickets in the viv, and possibly nibbling on Jerry?

    We still take everything out of the viv when feeding him roaches, otherwise the bugs hide too damn well. If Jerry can't see them (like within a 2 inch radius) then the bugs might as well not exist!

    Worms are the easiest - I put a small water dish in the viv and add a little of either calcium (flukers repta calcium with vitamin D3 and phosphates) or vitamin (flukers reptile vitamin with beta carotene). Then I drop in a few (3-4) worms, and entice Jerry to lunge at them in the dish. Sometimes the worms crawl out and I use tweezers to dump them back in (or move them closer to Jerry - remember the 2 inch rule...)

    I alternate 2 feedings with calcium to 1 vitamin feeding, then one feeding with no powder (usually dubias)

    So, what I would like to know is -
    • how else can I feed him? are there special feeding bowls that roaches can't get out of but Jerry could see into?
    • Do I really need to take everything out of his viv when feeding him roaches?
    • Do I need to powder the roaches too? if so, how?


    Any suggestions are welcomed.

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    I feed mostly mealworms but I have had no trouble with crickets hiding,but sometimes you do have to shoo them out of nooks and crannies.

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    So Jerry is about 18 months old. What is his total length? Please share a video of him walking around his enclosure.

    Right now Jerry is getting a double dose of vitamin D3, because his multivitamins as well as his calcium with D3 contain D3. That's too much D3! D3 is fat soluble. It sticks around in a gecko's body and really only needs to be taken at 1 feeding per week. Stick with the multivitamins and use plain calcium carbonate at 1 other dusted feeding per week. Too much calcium in the gut impairs absorption of key nutrients.


    I lightly dust my leo's bugs or worms at regular intervals. As far as possible supplements should be phosphorus-free. Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 is what I use along with Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins without D3.

    I use 8 ounce clear glass Anchor-brand bowls with straight sides to contain my leo's feeders. A rock ramp I found on the beach provides easy access.

    Lee's mealworm dish:
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    Feeder Insect Nutrition Chart:
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    What type dry diet do you feed the feeders 24/7?
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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 a vivarium <===

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    I make feeding dishes out of white deli cups. I leave the lid on, but cut out most of the top, creating a lip which minimizes escapes. It holds dubia and superworms pretty well, but crickets just hop out. When feeding crickets, the key is simply to not give them more crickets than they're likely to eat in a few hours.
    With neonate geckos, I have stopped using substrate. This makes it easier for the geckos to find their prey.

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    Did you buy him from a breeder? If so ask the person if they had noticed this problem from the beginning(rule out congenital defect).What was he fed prior, supplements, gutload. What do you feed the insects? Was he this way from the 1st day you took him in? Something is obviously wrong with him. This is the type of skills you should be seeing. https://youtu.be/M02Vely788g

    It may be a good idea to switch to Zoo med supplements.
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    Some small tips for feeding your gecko bugs...

    • Get yourself a pair of the long Exo-Terra tongs. They have rubber tips. Most of us have issues with crickets outmaneuvering our geckos. If your gecko is really hungry, dust your crickets in a baggie, and grab them by their back legs (or butt) with the tongs and lower them in and dangle the cricket right in front of your gecko's face. I guarantee you if he's hungry he'll chomp it right from the tongs. That is how I feed my gecko crickets. Lastweek, my gecko attacked the cricket on the tongs and would not let go of the tongs, LOL. I waited patiently for him to release his jaws. He's fine. Didn't hurt him at all because of the rubber tips.

    • As far as dubia roaches, it's real simple actually. Dust the dubia roach in a baggie. Use the tongs to grab the roach, and place the roach on its back on the tank floor right in front of your gecko. Dubia roaches cannot right themselves up unless they have something nearby to grab onto. Anyway, this makes it so much easier, and your gecko will love you for it.

    I use tongs for just about everything I feed to my gecko. I hate touching the bugs. They give me the "willies".
    Go buy yourself some tongs. Here you go:

    Exo Terra : Tongs / Feeding Tool

    PS - Sometimes you can place the cricket from the tongs right in front of your gecko. Just make sure you aim the cricket at him, so when it runs, it runs right into his mouth, LOL.
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