Before you get your hand on a new little gecko, one of the most fundamental info that you need to know is, what do they eat?
Like most lizards, geckos are predators that prefer to eat a variety of insects. The exact type of insects, feeding schedule, supplements, and amount of food will vary based on your gecko’s species, age, and activity level.
Most geckos do best eating live prey. Feed your insectivorous geckos a variety of insects. Relying too heavily on one type of insect will not give your gecko a complete diet.
- Crickets: These critters will form the backbone of most pet gecko diets. That’s not because they’re the healthiest—it’s just because they’re easiest to purchase or raise at home.
- Mealworms: Mealworms are another main staple for leopard geckos, though they might be too large for some house geckos.
- Waxworms and Superworms: These insects are very rich in fats. Use them as special treats and only offer them once a week or so.
- Dubia Roaches: Another feeder that is easy to raise at home, these insect provide enough nutrients for your gecko to grow. A very much recommended staple.
Always avoid feeding your pet gecko wild insects. You just don’t know which ones might be toxic or covered in harmful chemicals from the outdoors. Even worse some carry parasites which is fatal. One of the most common parasite is Coccidia.