I am a huge reptile lover, and I have a leopard gecko, and I might adopt another one, but I was wondering how everyone here feels about feeding reptiles crickets, mealworms, waxworms, etc..
Reptiles need live food to survive (unless frozen rats/mice), so I don’t really care too much about feeding her the live insects, but how do you guys feel about that?
The way i feel is humans can survive without meat, that is proven, reptiles though? they need meat same as lions, tigers, and sharks
humans?? again no.
so i say give them crickets
but what you could do! if make your own cricket farm!!!! (its super easy my friend did it and it saves you money http://www.ehow.com/how_5076456_build-cricket-farm.html )
and this way you at least know that they are being taken care of and not pressed in small bags
All animals are capable of living in the wild, and geckos are no different. They are domesticated just like your dog, and they do rely on humans do keep with happy now.
There is a “wild type” and a “let’s go buy this from a breeder”. Geckos NEED special vitamins and calcium in their diets- something we humans have to put on their food for them. Geckos NEED moist hides and sometimes even help removing past sheds from their little toes.
As far as feeding goes, stick to crickets and mealworms- waxworms and mealworms should only be used as treats given their high fat content. Also, don’t forget to guy load them prior okay?
Before you adopt check the sex of your current geckos- two males will fight. A male and a female will reproduce. Females generally are tolerant of each other so try to aim for a female + female combo.
… If they weren’t living successfully they would have died out many many many years ago. I’m sure the ones that aren’t bred in pet store warehouses are doing quite well in their natural habitat. Wikipedia says their natural habitat is the “rocky, dry grassland and desert regions of south-Asian Afghanistan, Pakistan, north-west India, and some parts of Iran.”
I don’t have a problem with the fact that they need live food to survive, but I do have a problem with them being kept as pets. It’s good that you’re adopting them since they would have needed a new home anyways, but I don’t think they should have been taken from the wild and sold in a pet store in the first place. Even if you take them out of their tank for a little while everyday, I still don’t think it’s fair for them to be cooped up in there for the other 22 hours a day. At least the one you have now will have a friend soon, but how does that work out? I assume if you get the same sex they’d kill each other, since that’s how other species are, but if you get the opposite sex can’t they have little baby geckos?
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