Are you worried your leopard gecko isn’t getting enough to eat?
Do you think you are feeding your leopard gecko too often?
When you are trying to be a good leopard gecko owner, you might be concerned about creating a feeding schedule.
This will lead you to ask:
How Often Should I Feed My Leopard Gecko?
Adult leopard geckos should be fed the right sized insects every other day. Baby leopard geckos and juveniles will need to be fed daily to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition to grow.
Feeding your leopard gecko properly is one of the most important parts of owning any pet.
Please continue reading for more information on how your leopard gecko should be fed throughout its life.
How Often Do You Feed A Leopard Gecko?
If you consider taking a leopard gecko into your home, you will soon realize a food schedule is an essential part of properly taking care of your new pet.
An adult leopard gecko should be fed every other day.
They will need to be fed properly sized insects during each feeding to ensure they are getting the right amount of nutrition.
Juvenile and hatchling leopard geckos will need to have a meal every day, but for juveniles, skip a day at least once a week to start weaning them onto the every other day schedule they will have as an adult.
It is a great idea to create a feeding schedule according to these timelines to keep your leopard gecko at peak healthiness.
We all run into craziness sometimes, and keeping a schedule is just another reminder to you to stop and stay on track with your pet.
A written schedule will help you keep up with not only when you need to have feedings, but also what kind of insects you need to give the leopard gecko and precisely what they need to have a well balanced and healthy diet.
A healthy gecko is a happy gecko, so keep feeding your pet along with the schedule of every other day for adults and every day for hatchlings and juveniles.
What Do I Feed A Leopard Gecko?
Leopard geckos survive on a diet of insects and nothing else.
They don’t like, want, or need the occasional vegetable, fruit or leafy green.
Their bodies don’t digest it, and they don’t want those kinds of things.
Your gecko will go best with a varied diet of insects, including crickets and mealworms, the most common choices for leopard geckos.
Other staple insects your gecko might like include mealworms, silkworms, and hornworms.
There are some other insects to offer your leopard gecko as a special treat, but these shouldn’t be something you do every day.
Waxworms, butterworms, and superworms are high in fat, and your leopard gecko will find them especially tasty.
When fed these worms too often, some leopard geckos have been known to become addicted and refuse to eat anything else.
Because these insects are so high in fat content, they are not healthy for them to have every day, but again, they are a great treat or even a supplement if your leopard gecko is a little on the thin side.
When you are picking insects to feed to your leopard gecko, make sure you choose the appropriate size and number per feeding.
The insects should be no bigger than the space between the eyes of your leopard gecko.
As a helpful tip, the number of insects you give your gecko each feeding is directly related to the animal’s size.
Leopard geckos should be fed two insects per inch of their length.
This means, if you have a 4″ inch leopard gecko, they will be given eight insects per feeding.
And don’t worry about this trick applying only to adult members of this species, because this rule applies at any age.
Making The Most Of The Food
Though we mentioned a varied diet to get the leopard gecko the proper nutrition, you will also need to look at supplementing and gut loading the insects to pack even more nutrients into their meals.
Supplement each meal by applying a nutrient dusting to the insects just before feeding.
You might dust the food with calcium, vitamin D, or other multivitamin supplements.
This dusting should be something else you add to your established feeding schedule as over supplementing can result in toxicity and other serious health issues.
Too much of a good thing is not always a good thing.
In addition to dusting the insects with supplements, add more nutritional value to each insect by gut loading.
Gut loading the insects involves feeding the insects foods containing a high nutritional value just before they are added to your leopard gecko’s tank.
Those veggies, fruits, and leafy greens we talked about above, the ones your gecko won’t eat, well the insect will and all the good stuff those foods contain will now be in the insects’ system.
Once the leopard gecko consumes the insect, it will absorb all of the high nutrients the insects carry.
This ability to pass on nutrients and other things to the gecko can backfire.
We highly recommend never feeding your leopard gecko any insects you happen to catch in the wild.
They can carry parasites, pesticides, and other chemicals picked up along the way.
This puts your leopard gecko at risk of getting sick or even dying if they absorb too much of a harmful chemical.
You can learn more about the most common leopard gecko parasites in our other article if you believe your pet may have one.
Feeder insects are readily available, so to reduce the risk, use them.
Leopard geckos are not tricky pets to care for, but a regular feeding schedule will ensure they stay at top health.
Daily feedings for hatchlings and juveniles, with the occasional skipped day to wean those juveniles off of daily feedings, and every other day feedings for adults will help you keep your leopard gecko around happy and healthy for a long time.