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    Great advice above. I highly recommend upgrading to a 20 Long enclosure at least. The sooner the better I would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You are welcome! Leos are FUN lizards. Let Leonard be your guide as to how much handling.

    This is also very important: Do you have any multivitamins for Leonard? That's in addition to Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3.

    Crickets and mealworms give Leonard variety. What are you feeding them? It's important that these feeders eat a good dry diet 24/7, so that they are nutritious for your leo.
    I actually dont have multivitamins but I do gutload them with carrots 24 hours before I feed him the mealworms and crickets. What vitamins should I get if any, and how might I introduce them to his food?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You are welcome! Leos are FUN lizards. Let Leonard be your guide as to how much handling.

    This is also very important: Do you have any multivitamins for Leonard? That's in addition to Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3.

    Crickets and mealworms give Leonard variety. What are you feeding them? It's important that these feeders eat a good dry diet 24/7, so that they are nutritious for your leo.
    Thanks! I am not giving him Multivitamins but I do gutload his mealworms and crickets 24 hours prior with carrots. Is that enough or should I order vitamins? And if so which ones do you reccomend and how might I introduce them to his food? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmphreysMcGee View Post
    Thanks! I am not giving him Multivitamins but I do gutload his mealworms and crickets 24 hours prior with carrots. Is that enough or should I order vitamins? And if so which ones do you reccomend and how might I introduce them to his food? Thanks!
    Multivitamins ARE important too. Carrots are a good source of beta carotene, but multivitamins supply much more than beta carotene! It's impossible to get all the nutrients leos need from veggies and/or fruits alone. That's why a good dry diet is necessary for insects and worms 24/7.

    I recommend Schedule 124 for Leonard. You'll need:
    1. Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
    2. Zoo Med's Repti Calcium withOUT D3 (plain) or NOW human-grade pure calcium carbonate
    3. Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins withOUT D3

    Weekly Schedule 124 for Leopard Geckos 0-12 months old
    (withOUT UVB)
    Early stage metabolic bone disease (MBD) problems include uneven (lopsided) gait, bowed limbs, belly dragging, and an underbite.
    The Reptile Supply Company based in Sacramento, California stocks Zoo Med's ReptiVite multivitamins withOUT D3.
    • 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 or Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Phoenix worms) >> Saturday
    • No food or free choice >> Sunday
    I finely grind Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food for my crickets with a pro-model KRUPS coffee/spice grinder. Professional Reptiles' Pro Gutload mix works well for a cricket diet and for a mealworm bedding.

    Dry Insect Diet: A 24/7 dry insect diet should contain (~16% protein, less than 5% fat, moderate fiber) + vitamin D3, vitamin A acetate (retinol) or vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin B12!

    1. ***Zoo Med's Natural ADULT Bearded Dragon Food*** (Finely grind all these pellets in a Krups coffee/spice grinder or place the pellets in a plastic bag and pound them with a hammer.)
    OR
    2. (Already ground) Pro Gutload diet (by Professional Reptiles)


    Other dry insect diets like Repashy's diets can be fed too. Don't use Fluker's High Calcium Cricket Diet!
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-26-2020 at 04:10 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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    Info on Veggies & Fruits:

    "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."
    For link 148 click: Gutload Ingredients for Bugs & Worms......thanks to Olimpia -- August 2013
    "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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