What to feed your leopard gecko? Leopard geckos like to eat all sorts of insects. The most common insects used to feed leopard geckos are crickets, mealworms, roaches, and waxworms. Make sure the size of the food isn’t too big for your leopard gecko. Measure the distance between your leopard gecko’s eyes.
However, leopard geckos have different feeding guides from conventional pets, and it may not be clear to new leopard gecko owners. Leopard geckos are strictly insectivorous animals. You need to feed adult leopard geckos every other day while you feed juvenile and baby geckos every day.
Feed as many mealworms as your gecko will eat in 5-10 minutes. In my experience, hatchling geckos usually eat around 8-12 appropriately sized worms per sitting and I usually feed once a day. Juvenile leos will eat around 12-16 mealworms fed once a day or every other day and adults will eat around 20-30 mealies every three days.
Feeding your leopard gecko too often can cause obesity and other health issues. Also, offering insects poor in nutritional content can cause your Leos to become picky eaters. Wax worms and other bugs high in fat are line candy to your reptiles. They will get addicted to these particular insects and be very stubborn to wean off of.
Breeders have also found that feeding a pinky mouse to gravid females helps them immensely. Older leopard geckos are known to occasionally eat new born mice in the wild (Khan). Feed pinky mice that are smaller than the distance between the gecko's eyes. Do not feed pinky mice more than once a month. Anorexia:
For each Leopard Gecko in the enclosure place 3-4 small mealworms that have been dusted with a multivitamin, also feed 3-4 calcium dusted crickets per Leopard Gecko in the enclosure. For large juvenile and sub-adult Leopard Geckos, the feeding procedure is the same as for the babies except larger food is needed.
Can you overfeed a leopard gecko? Yes, you can. How hungry a leopard gecko is will differ from gecko to gecko, but because some of them can eat more than others, obesity can occur if they’re overfed. Every leopard gecko is different so while one might eat a lot, another one might not.
Meal worms I feed is dry mix: natural rolled oats mixed with natural corn meal (slightly rough ground) all mixed with a multivitamin (for leopard gecko). when ready to feed I put in 3 or 4 small mealies in a plastic bag and a small scoop of calcium with D3 and do the shake to coat leave any excess on since my Leo loves the powder.
Gecko breeder extraordinaire Ron Tremper recommends feeding leopard geckos two appropriately sized insects for every inch of your gecko's length, every other day. For example, a 3-inch-long leopard gecko will need about six crickets three or four days per week. Geckos consuming a significant quantity of plant-based or commercial foods require only a fraction of this quantity.
Yes, all insects that you feed to your leopard gecko should be dusted with calcium. Even though dubia roaches are very high in nutrients, calcium still remains a big deal in your leopard gecko’s diet. Personally, we use Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 supplement. It is lead and phosphorus-free.