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    Unhappy Leopard Gecko Only Eats Dubias


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    Something strange is happening with my Leopard Gecko. She was eating fine for the past 10 days and she was eating everything; Hornworms, Mealworms, and Crickets. Then all of a sudden she stopped eating those things and will only eat Dubia Roaches. She attacks them savagely too. Can someone explain why she would all of a sudden stop eating so good and then just start eating one type of insect? Is there anything I can do to make her eat the other insects? Is this normal behavior?

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    Based on my own (however limited) experience. I find they can go through phases where they prefer one item to another. I wouldn't say it has gone on long enough for a trend to establish in your situation. I would continue to offer other items first for a while when doing your feeding sessions. If this continues for 2-3 weeks I would move to only offering crickets, or hornworms during the feeding. If your gecko does not eat then wait till the next feeding to offer the alternatives. Note though, offering only mealworms all the time is not good either as they are not nutritionally as sound for your gecko as the other choices you mentioned. From what I know however, Dubias are not a bad choice at all for offering regularly. I wish we could get them around here!

    Perhaps let us know some more details as to what your feeding regimen is. How much and how often as well as when, also your dusting routine. The more details you provide the more help you can get from the more experienced folks around here.

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    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    What do you feed your crickets, dubia, and mealworms?

    Here's an insect feeder chart that's the combined efforts of Mark Finke, PhD and dubiaroaches.com.

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    I have some good news to report. She has started actively hunting crickets. She still will not eat mealworms though. Perhaps I'm just going to have to live with that. When last I wrote this she was eating 5 to 6 small to medium-sized dubia roaches. I feed my leopard gecko everyday. At the time, I wasn't dusting because I was trying to figure out why she wasn't eating the other insects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    What do you feed your crickets, dubia, and mealworms?

    Here's an insect feeder chart that's the combined efforts of Mark Finke, PhD and dubiaroaches.com.

    I was feeding my crickets Fluker's Cricket Diet and quencher. My mealworms get oats and apple sometimes. Dubia Roaches get leftover apple from the mealworms and some of that cricket diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gecko Whisperer View Post
    I have some good news to report. She has started actively hunting crickets. She still will not eat mealworms though. Perhaps I'm just going to have to live with that. When last I wrote this she was eating 5 to 6 small to medium-sized dubia roaches. I feed my leopard gecko everyday. At the time, I wasn't dusting because I was trying to figure out why she wasn't eating the other insects.
    About how old is your leo? OR how long is she?

    Like Marillion suggests which brand and type supplements do you generally use? How frequently do you dust?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 10-04-2019 at 04:41 AM.
    "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 an enclosure <===

    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 The Gecko Whisperer View Post
    I was feeding my crickets Fluker's Cricket Diet and quencher. My mealworms get oats. and apple sometimes. Dubia Roaches get leftover apple from the mealworms and some of that cricket diet.
    Reply #2:
    I wouldn't share feeder food in case there's any problem with parasites, et cetera.

    It's best to switch the dry diet to Professional Reptiles' Pro Gutload diet when you run out of Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Food.

    Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Food is really not what it says it is. It is NOT high calcium at all. I used that before I knew those problems. Studies HAVE been done to show that's incorrect.

    Check the label on Fluker's Cricket Quencher too.

    Oats are a common bedding for mealworms. By reading this link you will see that oats contain excessive phosphorus. Phosphorus impairs the absorption of calcium. We strive for 2 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorus in the foods we feed our feeders. Once your feeders finish Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Diet I highly recommend Professional Reptiles Pro Gutload's Dry Diet instead. You'll find all the information in this link.

    Here's some additional beneficial info on feeder diets.
    "A commercial gut loading food like Bug Burger or Superload (both by Repashy), Cricket Crack, Dinofuel, etc. is going to make your life easier AND provide a nutritious diet to your crickets at the same time. Avoid Fluker's gutloads, as they are super feeble in their formulas."

    "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."
    Here's that link.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 10-04-2019 at 01:31 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 an enclosure <===

    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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