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How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by evilsloth on Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:32 pm

My Leo is pretty healthy, I am just wondering how to get her to eat other things than crickets. She eats 8 every 2 days, but when I put in any type of worm, she doesn't go for it. Is there a trick I can use to get her to try worms and realize they are yummy? Thanks.

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Post by Drip55 on Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:22 pm

just sounds picky to me keep trying put it in front of he an wate
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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by herp625 on Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:52 pm

Some geckos just won't eat certain insects. Not sure which type you have offered, but you can try silkworms, phoenix worms and roaches.

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Post by evilsloth on Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:15 pm

She used to LOVE silkworms but then she gradually started not liking them. I have tried waxworms, silkworms, mealworms...never roaches though. Where would you get roaches or phoenix worms? I have never seen them before.

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by Mardy on Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:08 pm

Roaches are illegal in Canada, so you won't be able to have them. But sometimes mealworms aren't as exciting as say, superworms. I don't know why, but superworms are larger and move more, so maybe superworms excite their hunting instinct better. So if yours won't take on mealworms, you can give superworms a try.

As for how to get them to eat mealworms, if you've tried everything, including leaving a dish of them in the tank at all time, then you simply have a gecko that's picky. All of my geckos seem to prefer different things. Some eat strictly dubia roaches, some eat strictly superworms, I have a couple that will only eat crickets & mealworms. So unless you starve them on purpose and make them eat the mealworms, you just have a gecko that prefer a different feeder. It happens.

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by herp625 on Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:45 pm

It's best to not feed the same insect too many days in a row. They get tired of the same food as we do. Here is a link to a feeder store in Canada. This website gives great detail to what feeders are healthier. http://www.recorpinc.com/

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by evilsloth on Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:31 am

Aren't super worms a little too big?

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by Mardy on Sun Dec 25, 2011 6:26 am

How large is your gecko?

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by evilsloth on Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:35 am

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by Mardy on Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:42 am

Adults have no problems with superworms. Most juveniles once they are over 35-40g can handle superworms without a problem. If you are having difficulties getting yours to eat mealworms, you can give superworms a try. Like I said they move faster, they move around more, sometimes that's all it takes to grab your gecko's attention.

But don't buy a lot, just test it with a smaller portion to make sure your gecko will eat them first. I have geckos, heck 2 geckos living in the same enclosure currently, one will strictly eat superworms, one will only eat dubia roaches. Two living together, 2 different tastes. So you never know, you may have one that just don't want to eat them worms Smile

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Re: How to get gecko to eat worms?

Post by RockMySocks on Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:07 pm

I had this same problem. Here's how I got Chester to eat the Mealworms. I always left a little dish in his viv with meal worms but every day they would still be there. Then, I ran out of crickets and wasn't able to get any more for 2 or 3 days. He ate the meal worms the second day that I didn't have crickets to offer. Now he eats them every day. I also offer him one wax worm a week which he doesn't hesitate to chomp up.
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