If you’ve do not own any reptile before, then you will probably find the eating habits of a leopard gecko take some getting used to. Geckos, like many other reptiles are insectivores. This means their main food consists of insects. Many pet stores that sell geckos will also carry a variety of crickets, superworms, mealworms, and silkworms and all of these are suitable meals for this lizard. However, as a treat, especially for egg-laying and breeding adult females, you may want to provide a pinkie mouse that is only a few days old. Waxworms can be an option, but you should not give these to your gecko very frequently, because they are very fattening and are addictive for your geckos. Frequent feeding of waxworms is a big NO NO.
Leopard gecko feeding schedule for will depend on its size. Growing juveniles need more food than adults. Provide food for the babies every single day, and for the adults, feed them every other day. Only give as much food as will be consumed in one feeding, and then remove the leftover insects. How long the feeding lasts depends on the size and appetite of your gecko. Until you learn its habits and preferences, you should observe the animal and remove and dispose of the leftover insects after the gecko has lost interest in them. For a small gecko, start out with four crickets. Larger ones may have as many as eight of them at a feeding.
Before feeding the insects or crickets to your leopard geckos, be sure to gut load them for a few days beforehand. Gut loading means you’ve fed the insects highly nutritious foods. Whatever the insect eats is going to go straight into your gecko, and by giving the insect high-quality food, you are indirectly giving that to your pet. Most insects will eat just about anything, especially crickets. While you can give them specially prepared, commercial chows, you can also give them fresh fruits, leafy greens and vegetables. It’s recommended that you buy vitamin and calcium supplement powders, then dust the insects directly before giving them to your geckos. This can make sure that your leopard geckos are receiving high nutritous food.
Supplying water to leopard gecko; always keep a ready supply available at all times. Ensure that it is clean and always fresh. Water that is allowed to become stagnant is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs, which can cause illness.
Leopard gecko care, especially feeding can be easy yet challenging task. A proper feeding and dietary plan for them can make sure that they are happy and live longer.