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    I'm getting a leopard gecko for the first time and I was planning on feeding it just mealworms and waxworms and the worm variety of food. I've read this isn't ideal for the gecko because they also should eat crickets, but I can't keep crickets. I was originally planning on getting a frog but my parents (i'm 15) wouldn't let me because they were freaked out by the idea of keeping live crickets. They settled for a gecko when they learned it didn't just eat crickets, but i still can't have any live crickets in the house.
    I also heard I could use roaches as an alternative, and that they were easier to keep than crickets, but my mom has an intense fear of roaches so I can't do that either.
    What should i do? Is it ok to feed my gecko just the worms? Is there some other food I can give it besides crickets or roaches that still adds variety to its diet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeebunny View Post
    I'm getting a leopard gecko for the first time and I was planning on feeding it just mealworms and waxworms and the worm variety of food. I've read this isn't ideal for the gecko because they also should eat crickets, but I can't keep crickets. I was originally planning on getting a frog but my parents (i'm 15) wouldn't let me because they were freaked out by the idea of keeping live crickets. They settled for a gecko when they learned it didn't just eat crickets, but i still can't have any live crickets in the house.
    I also heard I could use roaches as an alternative, and that they were easier to keep than crickets, but my mom has an intense fear of roaches so I can't do that either.
    What should i do? Is it ok to feed my gecko just the worms? Is there some other food I can give it besides crickets or roaches that still adds variety to its diet?
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, coffeebunny! You've come to the right place. Leos do need live prey.

    A leo can eat mainly mealworms and still be healthy. Waxworms are extremely fatty, but do contain some vitamin C. Limit a couple waxworms to once a MONTH.

    Worms & Bugs for Leopard Geckos
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    Here's a healthy diet/bedding for mealworms/superworms and bugs too! After you buy mealworms, replace the bedding they're sold in with already ground Professional Reptiles' Pro Gutload (1-775-359-1085). Keep your mealworms at room temperature & in 6 quart plastic Sterilite tubs with bedding & ventilation, NOT in the refrigerator.

    Hornworms add variety & much calcium to a leo's diet! Let hornworms eat the special diet that comes with them. Hornworms are sold at PetCo in ~4 hornworms to a pack. Buy really small ones, because hornworms mushroom in size overnight.

    For link 33 click: Hornworm Care Guidelines

    Does this make sense?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-13-2021 at 07:28 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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    Yes, thank you so much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeebunny View Post
    Yes, thank you so much!!
    You are welcome!
    "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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