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    Hello. I am wondering if anyone would have some thoughts on how nutritious mealworm pupae are or even if it is recommended to feed them off to your Leopard Gecko. Currently, we feed (or try to feed) our gecko crickets but it seems our little guy is more interested in meal worms or meal worm pupae. He seems to accept anything meal worm related much more readily which is a bit concerning for me since I know about the nutritional aspects of mealworms vs Crickets. I spend so much time taking good care of our cricket colony (proper gut loading and cleaning) it's a bit disconcerting that he simply does not seem quite so interested in crickets! Can I get any thoughts from some of the more knowledgeable folks here on this matter?

    Oh and one last thing. We always take out any crickets that he doesn't eat and don't leave them overnight in his enclosure to hunt. I know some folks say that it is ok to leave feeder insects in overnight as they like to hunt but I am very leery of doing that as I have heard they can pester your gecko or poop all over the enclosure which does not seem very good to me...

    Thanks Everyone.

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    I don't know much about geckos eating mealworm pupae. Most of them don't because they don't move enough to be interesting. There are plenty of people who feed their geckos only mealworms (or only crickets, etc.). I don't feel that there is necessarily a significant nutrition problem with mealworms, despite all the claims out there. Give the gecko what it wants to eat and periodically offer some other options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I don't know much about geckos eating mealworm pupae. Most of them don't because they don't move enough to be interesting. There are plenty of people who feed their geckos only mealworms (or only crickets, etc.). I don't feel that there is necessarily a significant nutrition problem with mealworms, despite all the claims out there. Give the gecko what it wants to eat and periodically offer some other options.

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    Thanks Aliza. It's strange...but he really seems to like the Pupae! Especially the white ones. He just gobbles them up.

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    If he's eating and growing and acting normal then go for it.

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