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    Hey all just kinda here to hopefully connect with some other people keeping Leopard geckos mostly.

    I didn't get her from a breeder so I can only estimate she was about month old give or take a few days/couple weeks since I'm not experienced. If anyone else can give be a better idea that'd be great!

    She's been eating crickets since the day I brought her home, fairly sure that's what she was fed at the pet store. A couple a day at first, maybe around 4 each feeding up to a couple times a day now. She's big enough to eat small ones, and catches them probably 9 out of 10 times when she's hunting so not too much trouble getting them. But I can't seem to get her to try a meal worm, I have some nice tiny ones that should let her get quiet a few down in a feeding.

    I tried a few tips I found on google, but no luck.


    Bonus annoying noob question. Anyone have any ideas of possible genetics, I pretty much thought obviously pretty much standard/wild-ish morphe, but again I'm not an expert.

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    try leaving a bowl of mealworms in front of her hide instead of feeding her crickets.
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    After a brief fast from crickets, dangle a mealworm right in front of her. See whether that sparks your leo's interest.

    I highly recommend feeding your leo a varied diet.

    • How are you doing for powdered supplements? Please share brand, name, and frequency you use them.
    • What diet do you feed your crickets and mealworms?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> 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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    As of now I'm using Zoo Med products, if I need to look into others please let me know, tried my best to match up my research to what was available locally. Calcium without vitamin D for her calcium dish, seen her lick it a few times now when she's not necessarily hungry it would seem. Ended up waiting on the multivitamin until I had looked at a few, but picked Reptivite in the end, dust my crickets/meal worms about half offered in this and the other in the calcium.
    As far as her food. I had remembered a bit from previous lizards so roughly knew what to feed them(potato then), I cook up steamed zucchini and carrot almost weekly for meal prep, at first gave them some of that then offered it raw in scraps, they actually didn't seem to like it as much so guess I'll be steaming some scraps for them next time and also making them a freezer bag so I can always have food on hand. I imagine the steamed veggies probably help with water supply(the meal worms are also enjoying these btw). I plan on adding apples to the list of foods as well, just don't pick those up often because only I will eat them, sometimes my son will like them for a day lol. I also picked up for easy use to have in with them at all times the Zoo Med cricket diet. I also sprinkle the calcium and reptivite on their foods.

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    Woot! First meal worm I have seen her eat just a bit ago, dropped one infront of her because she has been looking out of her cave all morning.
    Had her fast from crickets this morning instead of me adding some like usual. She was also checking out the bowl(now in front of her hide) at one point earlier too so probably ate some then. Should I just stick to waiting until she's finished almost all in the bowl before giving her more crickets, or still offer them by tonight? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahakabmg View Post
    Woot! First meal worm I have seen her eat just a bit ago, dropped one infront of her because she has been looking out of her cave all morning.
    Had her fast from crickets this morning instead of me adding some like usual.
    She was also checking out the bowl(now in front of her hide) at one point earlier too so probably ate some then. Should I just stick to waiting until she's finished almost all in the bowl before giving her more crickets, or still offer them by tonight? Thanks


    Feed her each evening -- basically all she will eat.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahakabmg View Post
    As of now I'm using Zoo Med products, if I need to look into others please let me know, tried my best to match up my research to what was available locally. Calcium without vitamin D for her calcium dish, seen her lick it a few times now when she's not necessarily hungry it would seem. Ended up waiting on the multivitamin until I had looked at a few, but picked Reptivite in the end, dust my crickets/meal worms about half offered in this and the other in the calcium.
    As far as her food. I had remembered a bit from previous lizards so roughly knew what to feed them(potato then), I cook up steamed zucchini and carrot almost weekly for meal prep, at first gave them some of that then offered it raw in scraps, they actually didn't seem to like it as much so guess I'll be steaming some scraps for them next time and also making them a freezer bag so I can always have food on hand. I imagine the steamed veggies probably help with water supply(the meal worms are also enjoying these btw). I plan on adding apples to the list of foods as well, just don't pick those up often because only I will eat them, sometimes my son will like them for a day lol. I also picked up for easy use to have in with them at all times the Zoo Med cricket diet. I also sprinkle the calcium and reptivite on their foods.
    Zoo Med supplements are excellent! Do you have Reptivite with D3? If so, I'll adapt Schedule 124.

    It seems like raw veggies would be more nutritious than steamed ones. I use finely ground Zoo Med's Natural Adult Bearded Dragon food for my crickets and dubia. These insects gobble it up!

    Hilde recommends NOT keeping a dish of plain calcium inside the enclosure. "Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D."



    ONLY lightly dust with Zoo Med's supplements on these feeding days. Otherwise a possibility exists of getting too much vitamin A retinol. Zoo Med's supplements contain generous amounts of calcium carbonate per dose.

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

    • Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    • Mealworms >> Tuesday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Wednesday - lightly dusted with pure precipitated calcium carbonate without D3 (Zoo Med's Repti Calcium or NOW human brand calcium)
    • Crickets or dubia >> Thursday
    • Crickets or dubia >> Friday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    • Mealworms >> Saturday
    • No food or free choice >> Sunday
    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-09-2019 at 03:50 AM.
    "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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