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post #31 of 61
Shelly, she just looks very masculine, thick body and tail, wide-skull, broad head. I plan to pick up a new breeder female soon, possibly albino or blizzard. A fancy wouldn't be horrible either, I have a fat male who looks very much like your female, my first gecko. Your mom needn't handle them at all, she just needs to feed them and keep their water dish full. good luck!
post #32 of 61
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What are some feeding options, other than crickets, for my geckos? The crickets we get die almost immediately(from what I read online they are hard to keep) and I wouldn't like to make my mom drive to the pet store every other day. I know that mealworms aren't a great main diet source, and waxworms and pinkies are treats. I'll still give them all of the above, but it would be great to have another diet source that can live for at least a week. I'm considering roaches.
*Note: dubias roaches are illegal in FL😒*
Edited by Shellybean02 - 1/4/16 at 4:42pm
post #33 of 61
Mealworms are the PERFECT diet. I have raised many geckos on them for their whole lives and most have no health problems, certainly none created by the worms. Waxworms may be too big for your geckos. Mealworms are by far the best and easiest diet. Just get a good dish or bottle cap and put the
Mealworms in. The geckos should knew what to do next.
post #34 of 61
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The waxworms are a bit shorter than the mealworms, a bit fatter and softer as well. I must have read from inaccurate sources... oops... I'll go by the mealworms(I have lots from by quail), with occasional waxworms and crickets. Thanks for correcting me!

I'm still open to other suggestions. Anyone know of any feeders that are good for leopard geckos, other than crickets, mealworms, waxworms and dubias roaches?

post #35 of 61
Don't worry about it, everyone feeds their geckos differently! They are pretty easy to maintain, which is why I like them, and can last weeks in the fridge. You may also use wild caught insects, but parasites and pesticides can be a problem. I think your choices are mostly crickets, mealworms, waxworms, roaches, pinky mice, darkling beetles, maggots, etc. even grubs found beneath rocks or in logs are usually safe. You can also feed some leopard geckos day old button quail, but I have no idea whether or not they have much nutritious value. Some geckos will eat egg, scrambled or hard-boiled, chopped ham, lettuce, and veggies. Fruit is too high in sugar. Feeder fish are a possibility, or packaged gecko feed, but neither are very nutritious and can be parasite filled. Good luck!
post #36 of 61
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Thanks leadblade! I agree that mealworms are easy to keep. I have baby ones from my past quails' mealworms turning into beetles; I plan to create colonies with different sizes so I can have little ones for bettas(future) and big ones for my geckos. By the time I have established stable colonies it would probably be time for me to start with bettas(I'm just going to have a few to get a good idea of their basic needs; I won't create a complex community tank or anything.)

post #37 of 61
Awesome! You should have fun with them. Just keep in mind that you will have millions of darkling beetles all over your house, and some mealworms too, which is why I don't breed them. Yet, they are easy to breed and fun to keep! Good luck! Leaf
post #38 of 61
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Which gecko of mine did you think looks like a male? The only one I have a hard time holding is the "sister" with distinct spots on her head,so it might be hard to tell the gender of that one.
My poor eldest(completely covered in spots) has something wrong with her eye. It seems to have a pale, wrinkled film over it. She loves to move so I had a hard time getting good pics. Here they are. She keeps that eye closed most of the time. She also squints at or turns away from the camera flash, so maybe she's not completely blinded in that eye? I'm not sure if it's removable dust/skin stuck in there, or if it's blindness, an infection, or something that comes with old age. She's about 8 or 10, according to her previous owner.
post #39 of 61
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*NOTE: if you look carefully, you can see that the film isn't flat but wrinkled as mentioned before; and I think there's even a little part of her eye that isn't covered by it. The pictures aren't the best, but I tried and they should give a basic idea of what I see.*

post #40 of 61
No she looks female. It was the largest one I was wondering about. She is beautiful!
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