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Swirly’s leopard gecko journal

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#21 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 16 2021 - 10:39 AM

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Crickets are a great food source. And I have a backup if they run out and I can't go to store right away. 


The backup is mealworms.)



#22 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 16 2021 - 10:40 AM

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Feed your gecko like every 2 days or so, and it should shed every 1 to 2 weeks. As it gets older feed it every 3 to 4 days, and it will shed every 2 to 3 weeks. Do you have a name for it yet?



#23 Offline Spazmops - Posted March 16 2021 - 11:51 AM

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I use mealworms since crickets can bite and I don't want to have to watch it while it eats. Juveniles should be fed every day and adults every other day or every 3 days, unless the gecko is over or underweight. Source


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#24 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 16 2021 - 1:16 PM

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My crickets don't bite. They never did.



#25 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 16 2021 - 3:26 PM

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Feed your gecko like every 2 days or so, and it should shed every 1 to 2 weeks. As it gets older feed it every 3 to 4 days, and it will shed every 2 to 3 weeks. Do you have a name for it yet?

No name yet... I'm not creative and I really cannot come up with anything.

 

However, there has been really good news. The little gecko ate a full meal (2 feeder insects per inch of body length) of mealworms. I'm really happy that he's already eating, considering I got him yesterday. I saw him eating one mealworm I had left in his dish so I started dropping food on the ground in front of him and he ate them really happily. He won't eat from the tongs, they scare him, but that's fine.


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#26 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted March 16 2021 - 5:29 PM

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I feed my gecko once a week and he is sort of fat..

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#27 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 16 2021 - 6:11 PM

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I feed my gecko once a week and he is sort of fat..


Babies eat a lot more as they are growing. However, an ideal diet for an adult gecko is twice weekly lol

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#28 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 16 2021 - 6:12 PM

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My crickets don't bite. They never did.


All crickets will bite your gecko if given the chance. I used to feed crix to my old leopard gecko and they nibbled on her toes so I stopped

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#29 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 17 2021 - 4:03 AM

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I'm sticking with crickets. Coconut loves them and she seems to not like a full meal of just mealworms.



#30 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted March 17 2021 - 4:07 AM

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My crickets don't bite. They never did.


All crickets will bite your gecko if given the chance. I used to feed crix to my old leopard gecko and they nibbled on her toes so I stopped

 

That's why I don't use them for anything other than my tarantulas. I used to feed them to my beardie and Kaimen, but I don't anymore just because they don't last long (their lifespan is weeks, not months or years) and because I think I have a cricket phobia or something. No other insect or arachnid gives me the same feeling of disgust and fear as a cricket.  :/


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#31 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 17 2021 - 4:12 AM

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I lost some by accident the other day.........And I didn't want to fall asleep that night. Like 5 got loose in the house the other day when I knocked the container by accident, and I found them all the way upstairs.


That doesn't mean I'm not using them as food source. I feed the ones with wings to coconut first.


If I ever get another gecko, i'm naming in pineapple.


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#32 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted March 17 2021 - 4:12 AM

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I lost some by accident the other day.........And I didn't want to fall asleep that night. Like 5 got loose in the house the other day when I knocked the container by accident, and I found them all the way upstairs.

I've had them mysteriously appearing in my sink before. I was waiting until they ended up in my bed. 



#33 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 17 2021 - 4:12 AM

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Lol me too.



#34 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 17 2021 - 7:53 AM

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A cricket once took up residence on my google home, and pooped there every night. It was so annoying because I couldn’t bring myself to kill the thing lol


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#35 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 17 2021 - 7:55 AM

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lol



#36 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 28 2021 - 9:08 AM

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Update: he’s doing amazing! He’s consistently eating dusted mealworms and dubia roaches daily. He shed once, and also started taking food from tongs and my hand. I’ve started very short handling sessions and he’s really curious and sweet 


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#37 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 28 2021 - 12:27 PM

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That's great!


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#38 Offline gs5248 - Posted March 29 2021 - 6:19 PM

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Dubia's are probably the most nutritious insect for reptiles.


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#39 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted March 30 2021 - 8:34 AM

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Dubia's are probably the most nutritious insect for reptiles.

Yes, and they also don’t smell, don’t chirp, and don’t die for no reason like crickets do :D


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#40 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 30 2021 - 8:40 AM

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