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    I am new to geckosunlimited and a new gecko owner and have a few questions.
    1. How much does and average vet checkup cost and how often are you supposed to take them to the vet?
    2. Can darkling beetles escape? I have a mealworm farm and I am wondering if darkling beetles can escape. They are in plastic drawers and there are 1cm gaps in between the plastic drawer and this thing that goes around them. Will the darkling beetles escape? I heard they rarely fly and can't climb smooth surfaces.
    3. How often do you feed your adult leopard gecko? Is every 2 days good enough? I currently use Miner-all , which is an indoor supplement that has calcium and vitamin d3. It says for adult reptiles, supplement your feeders, every 3rd feeding. Should I supplement the feeders every 3rd feeding?

    That is all I can think of at the moment. I might ask more questions.
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    I can only answer about the mealworms. I raise thousands of the things in the white rubber-maid drawers (the 3 drawer high ones) and don't really have issues with escape. After moving the beetles to new bins I occasionally find one wandering around on the floor - but they can't survive without some sort of edible bedding.

    Since joining here, I've also learned that mealworms fed on wheat bran are too high in phosphorous to be a good food for geckos, but you can pull what you intend to feed 12 to 24 hours prior to feeding and put them in a good gut-load medium that is higher calcium / lower phosphorus to remedy this. Also, feeding roaches and other insects will result in a better diet overall
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    What gecko do you have? If you own leopard geckos, then what does a healthy feces look like?
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    Any other answers and thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilesunleashed View Post
    What gecko do you have? If you own leopard geckos, then what does a healthy feces look like?
    Allowing for variation for size of the gecko, healthy feces are well formed, dark brown, and about the size of 2 tic tacs. Healthy urates are pure white. Then there is a puddle of urine that's usually absorbed by the substrate.

    My vet charges $85 for a visit (+ any extra tests like x-rays) + $50 more for a 2nd patient brought in at the same time. These vets require a visit before performing a fecal on that gecko. It's a good idea to get a new leo checked out. Then I make "problem" visits if problems arise.

    3. How often do you feed your adult leopard gecko? Is every 2 days good enough? I currently use Miner-all , which is an indoor supplement that has calcium and vitamin d3. It says for adult reptiles, supplement your feeders, every 3rd feeding. Should I supplement the feeders every 3rd feeding?
    I feed my 13.5 year old leo 2 times per week.

    Miner-all Indoor contains a very low amount of vitamin D3 (4,400 IU/kg). Compare that to Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 (22,907 IU/kg). I've found Repti Calcium with D3 should be used @ 1 feeding per week.

    I suggest these supplements for your leo instead of Miner-All Indoor.

    Weekly Schedule 126 for Leopard Geckos 18 months old +
    (without UVB)

    Crickets or dubia >> Monday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3
    Crickets or dubia >> Thursday - lightly dusted with Zoo Med ReptiVite multivitamins without D3
    Mealworms >> Saturday - no dusting

    Future weeks:
    Continue on since all weeks are identical. . . . . .
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

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    Elizabeth freer already explained what a healthy feces looks like, so I just wanted to mention that sometimes they step on it and make it look flat and out of shape. Donít panic right away and just wait to see what the next one looks like if that happens.

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    Vet prices are different everywhere. This is what Philadelphia prices are like. Some fees are for blood test,radiology and so on. The Medicine is usually cheap.
    Thanks Elizabeth Freer, reptilesunleashed thanked for this post

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    Elizabeth Freer- Are you saying to take your gecko once the first time when you get him/ her and then only take him to the vet when problems arise?

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    The previous owner of my leo had him for 4 years and he's used Miner- all and he is perfectly healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilesunleashed View Post
    The previous owner of my leo had him for 4 years and he's used Miner- all and he is perfectly healthy.
    Ive been doing research myself and while doing so noticed that some of these https://www.merckvetmanual.com/manag...ion-in-reptile are not on here. MINER-ALL Indoor

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