Feeding your leopard gecko

What do I like to eat?

Leopard geckos are easy to feed, as they only eat insects. Try to avoid feeding the same insects all the time, and vary their diet between crickets, small locusts, waxworms and mealworms and waxworms should be fed in moderation.

The insects that you feed your gecko should also be in good condition and fed well in advance of being given to your geckos. There are several foods available for insects that ensure they are nutritious and ‘gut loaded’. At least once a week, dust the insects with a good quality vitamin supplement. Feed in the evening when your gecko will be more active, with mealworms fed in a dish to stop them escaping. Providing a small dish of calcium powder can be beneficial to a gecko, as it ensures healthy growth and bone development.

As a guide feed juveniles every other day, whereas adults should be fed every two or three days.

Although they don’t drink water as often as other animals, fresh water should be available at all times in a small bowl. Spraying babies with water is also useful until they learn to visit the water bowl. They will drink the small droplets in just the same way as they would drink morning dew in the wild.