Crested Gecko Feeding Requirements

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Water

Geckos primarily get their water by licking it off of leaves and the sides of the enclosure after misting but you should always have a small water dish in your reptile’s cage where they can have access to fresh water.

Since Crested Geckos are arboreal and rarely get on the ground, you should put their food and water dishes up high in an accessible spot.

What We Use

If you want a more natural-looking feeder ledge, I have heard great things about this one from Pangea but it is more expensive: Pangea Ultimate Gecko Ledge – Magnetic Gecko Diet Feeder *

Food

I believe that Crested Geckos should be fed a combined meal plan of an MRP (Meal Replacement Powder) and gut loaded and calcium dusted feeder insects. Some hobbyists will only feed their gecko an MRP which is totally fine. In my personal opinion, I believe that feeding a combination of both of these not only enriches your gecko’s life by adding different textures as well as good exercise and “hunting”, but I believe there are some things in nature that cannot be entirely recreated.

It is important that your gecko has a variety of options when it comes to food. How would you like it if you had to eat the same. thing. every. day. Mix it up! And I mean literally. I give Ganon a random mixture of his MRP’s so he can enjoy different flavors.

What We Use

We feed our Crested Gecko a combination of different Meal Replacement Powders by Repashy or Pangea. *

For dusting our insects, we use a mix of both:

  • A mix of Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 Reptile Supplement (Can be found on Chewy or on Amazon). *
  • Fluker’s Reptile Vitamin with Beta Carotene Reptile Supplement (Can be found on Chewy or on Amazon). *

For gut loading all of our insects, we use:

  • Repashy Superfoods Bug Burger Gel Premix Feeder Insect Food (Can be found on Chewy or on Amazon). *
  • Orange peels, yellow squash, apple slices, etc.

Whether you choose to feed insects as a snack or include it in their normal meal plan, make sure they are gut loaded and dusted with a calcium and vitamin supplement prior to feeding it to your reptile. Also, it is important to only feed insects that are no bigger than the space between your geckos eyes. Consuming insects too big can cause impaction. Also, always remove any uneaten insects from your reptiles cage because they can bite your gecko.

Feeding Schedule

The best feeding schedule I have found for both juvenile and adult Crested Geckos is located here at Altitude Exotics. This article contains some GREAT information about feeding and the benefits of feeding a combined meal plan of MRP and crickets.

See 3 Most Common Questions for New Crested Gecko Owners for information about what to do if your gecko won’t eat their crickets or MRP.


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