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01-10-2010, 05:57 PM #1Newbie
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01-10-2010, 07:57 PM #2
Nope. They won't eat it. =]
01-10-2010, 09:53 PM #3
Geckos will eat fruit, just maybe not all geckos..
I have seen my oldest gecko eat cut up strawberries and other mashed up naturally sweet fruit.. Also my Giant albino ate some crushed pineapple and all of my geckos eat apple sauce at some time.. I only try the fruit in between feedings about 2 times a month. But what I wrote below is what they get everyday-
You can get baby food fruits, unsweetened applesauce, etc.. If u mix some calcium supplement, vitamin drops and honey with the baby food ,it last all day without going bad... I use old plastic soda bottle caps and gatorade caps to put the mixture in. And just replace it with a new one each day..
Last edited by cantbuytime; 01-11-2010 at 12:23 AM.
01-10-2010, 10:22 PM #4
Leopard geckos will also eat raw ground beef. Doesn't mean you should.
01-11-2010, 12:20 AM #5
what is wrong with feeding your leo fruit??
I really want to hear this one..
there is nothing wrong with feeding your geckos fruit unless its large chunks, it is also helpful cause it gives them a variety when they are getting bored with their regular food..
My oldest Leo is 6 yrs old, and even her original owner fed her strawberries and cantalope from time to time..
01-11-2010, 12:39 AM #6
If you DO feed fruit, make sure it's nothing with high acid. Pineapples, oranges, and any other citrus should be avoided. Acid is bad for obvious reasons, and they can over dose on Vitamin C, so fruit containing high percentages should be avoided, (E.I. Strawberries, Oranges, etc.).
A safe bet is bananas and apples.
If you do want to vary the diet I would suggest CHICKEN baby food. High in protein and very good for them. Same goes with carrot baby food, high in vitamin A, great for geckos with vision problems. I feed pureed carrots to one of my leos who is blind in one eye and losing vision in the other. Her vision hasn't gotten worse since I started it. She's my only gecko who I feed anything un-natural to.
01-11-2010, 02:30 AM #7
I apologize for not mentioning the low acid stuff..
Stay away from citrus fruit.
I mainly use banana, apple, cantaloupe, watermelon and pear.. I also use apple and sometimes pineapple.. A friend squash's grapes for his two Leo's but like i said its mostly a treat every 2 weeks..
As far as veggies go- I use just carrots , celery, broccoli or vegetable baby food..
these are used as treats, snacks and for extra nutrients..
Not trying to start a debate or anything here, just want to mention, you say its frowned upon cause its not natural..
But whats natural about spending their lives in glass tanks and plastic tubs, they are already completely out of their environment . Might as well give them some kind of options..LOL
FYI- I frown upon feeding of pinkies also.
ne ways, just my 2cents..
Last edited by cantbuytime; 01-11-2010 at 02:49 AM.
01-11-2010, 09:28 AM #8
Why in the heck would you WANT to feed your leopard gecko fruit? It's not appropriate, it's not healthy for them, they DON'T like it. If they eat it, it's because they either are looking for hydration from it or they're starving. If you want a gecko that eats fruit, get a crested gecko or other New Caledonia species. These aren't toys, they're real living breathing animals. Show some respect and treat them as such.Ethan
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01-11-2010, 10:15 AM #9
I totally agree with Ethan ! They are Insectivorous , Meaning they DONT EAT FRUITS in the wild. Best way to keep a Lizard is to mimic their natura habitat, Offering them what they would eat , Temps and humidity that would be at in the wild. Yes they can eat fruits and vegies if you offer them , But in the wild , They managed to survive i dont know how much years but sure way over 2000 years without eating fruits. Do we feed meat to a herbivorous animal ? do we feed fruits and vegies to a 100% carnivorous animal ? Nope.
Leopard geckos are Insectivorous , Those should be feeded only in exeptional conditions , Like a really sick gecko that doesnt want to eat insects or like Allee said , Chicken baby food for her partially blind gecko...0.1.0 High-Yellow Leopard Gecko
01-11-2010, 04:31 PM #10