Tips for Feeding Baby, Juvenile, and Adult Geckos
The gecko is one of our favorite reptiles: These ground-dwelling lizards are generally docile pets and highly interesting to watch. Some are very brightly colored with unique patterns. Some have sticky pads on their feet that allow them to climb up the glass walls of their enclosure. While the gecko species includes so many varieties, they all have one thing in common—they need to eat! Let's take a look at the best feeder insects for geckos at each age.
Feeder Insects for a Baby Gecko
The rule of thumb is that any insect that you feed a baby gecko should be smaller than the width of space between the gecko’s eyes. Also avoid any insects with hard exoskeletons, which can be difficult for your gecko to digest. We recommend feeding your baby gecko small crickets or mealworms on a daily basis until they become a juvenile around 2-3 months of age.
Feeder Insects for a Juvenile Gecko.
Once your gecko becomes a juvenile, they can expand their diet! Some favorite feeders include:
Unlike a baby gecko, your juvenile gecko does not need to eat every day. They can eat every 1-2 days. Offer wax worms as an occasional treat, but avoid serving too many fatty insects on a regular basis. Dust insects with a calcium powder or provide your gecko with a calcium supplement.
Feeder Insects for an Adult Gecko
Your adult gecko can eat the same insects as a juvenile; they simply may not need to eat as regularly. Aim to feed your adult gecko every 2-3 days.
ABDragons provides gecko owners with the highest quality live feeder insects to keep their pets healthy and happy. Reach out with questions about the best insects for your gecko at every age.