New owner of this delightful creature ! Love the way he attacks his "shake and bake" crickets...raising up on his legs and shaking his tubby tail in anticipation!
My question..can he be fed other insects captured around the house/yard, such as moths, or should he stick to a strict cricket diet? Same thing for dinner day in and day out would get boring, but maybe that is just me..

KB
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New owner of this delightful creature ! Love the way he attacks his"shake and bake" crickets...raising up on his legs ... in and day out would get boring, but maybe that is just me.. KB take the cat out to reply

Crix are poor food, the wider choice of bugs the better, as long as pesticide free
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New owner of this delightful creature ! Love the way he attacks his "shake and bake" crickets...raising up on his ... strict cricket diet? Same thing for dinner day in and day out would get boring,but maybe that is just me..

Outside bugs may have been exposed to pesticides or fertilizers that can make your gecko sick, or worse. Please stick to captive bred feeder insects.
A strict cricket diet is a poor choice for most insectivores as they have a lot of phosphorus. Your local pet store probably has several feeder insect options (including mealworms, superworms, kingworms, waxworms, bloodworms, etc).
Silkworms are an EXCELLENT choice of feeder insect, though you'd probably have to buy them online. A google search should turn up Mulberry Farms as a silkworm dealer.
Variety is the spice of life. Change their feeder insects often and you will better represent good nutrition. Don't forget to gutload your bugs!!
fr0glet
Oh, I didn't even think about the pesticides in the yard, thanks ! An occasional fat moth should be OK, though, right ?
KB
"shake and house/yard, for Crix are poor food, the wider choice of bugs the better, as long as pesticide free

Oh, I didn't even think about the pesticides in the yard, thanks ! An occasional fat moth should be OK, though, right ? KB

yes moths are a normal large part of food intake , my old gex loved them
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Silkworms are an EXCELLENT choice of feeder insect, though you'd probably have to buy them online.snip fr0glet

You would think you would have to. Emotion: wink
Chad
Same advice as the previous poster. OK, good to know.
A strict cricket diet is a poor choice for most insectivores as they have a lot of phosphorus. Your local pet store probably has several feeder insect options (including mealworms, superworms, kingworms, waxworms, bloodworms, etc).

I will have to call them. Crickets with the "calcium" powder was what was offered at the time of purchase.
Silkworms are an EXCELLENT choice of feeder insect, though you'd probably have to buy them online. A google search should turn up Mulberry Farms as a silkworm dealer.

Will check this out. Are they in California ?
Variety is the spice of life. Change their feeder insects often and you will better represent good nutrition. Don't forget to gutload your bugs!!

"Gutload" my bugs ? What does this mean ?
fr0glet

KB
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"Gutload" my bugs ? What does this mean ?snip KB

This means to make sure they eat healthy food, whatever it is for them, for about 24 hours before you feed them to your pet.

Chad
This means to make sure they eat healthy food, whatever it is for them, for about 24 hours before you feed them to your pet.

And what is "healthy food" for a crickett ? I have been giving them dry oatmeal and yesterday a slice of lunch meat..uh oh.
KB
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