Leopard geckos will eat anything that moves in front of them. You should feed leos live or frozen insects. While it is difficult to overfeed geckos because they store excess fat in their tails, it is still possible. So if you notice your leo gaining too much weight, you can reduce their food intake or remove fatty insects from their diet.
You should feed your geckos in the early morning or late evening, as they usually start hunting at this time in the wild as well. There is no perfect feeding schedule as each gecko has different food preferences.
Below is what the most common feeding schedules look like:
Geckos that tend to overeat:
Feed them the amount you specify so they don’t gain weight.
Geckos that are active and maintain a healthy weight:
Feed them as often as possible, for 15-20 minutes.
Geckos that are not eating well:
Feed them as usual, but leave a dish of worms or wax grubs in the terrarium for them to eat later if they get hungry.
Leopard geckos are known to change their food preferences as they age, so your gecko may love crickets one week and hate them the next. For this reason, many owners alternate their diet: Crickets, worms, and other insects to add variety to the gecko’s diet.
Some owners only put 2 crickets in the terrarium at a time, as it can be difficult to catch the crickets if your gecko decides not to eat them. If you still have crickets in the terrarium and your gecko has already eaten them, you should remove the crickets. Crickets shed their skin, crawl around on your gecko, and can bite the tip of your gecko’s tail. Therefore, it is best to remove them to save them for another feeding.
Grasshoppers, in our opinion, are the best food for any leopard gecko.
They are also very convenient for the keeper.
We get the grasshoppers offspring from Ramona Kramer (Heuschrecken Leinetal) highly recommended.
Super service and quality.
How often should I feed?
– until 2 months – 1 to 3 crickets/ grasshoppers (S) daily;
– from 2 to 5 months. – 4-5 crickets/ grasshoppers (S) every three days;
– from 5 to 6 months – 5 to 6 crickets/ grasshoppers (M) every three days;
– from 6 months to 1 year – 6-7 crickets , grasshoppers(M) every 4th day
– from one year – 7-9 crickets/ crickets, grasshoppers (M) once every 5-6 days.
This is very important!
Good calcium and vitamins are vital for the leopard gecko. Without calcium, rickets develops – a bone disease that leads to the gecko’s death.
Calcium is sprinkled on the insects before feeding, and should also be available in a small, freely accessible dish in the terrarium. Many leos like to eat it directly from the bowl.
We recommend sprinkling Repashy Calcium plus on the insects at each feeding.
This will give the animals all the vitamins they need for a healthy life.