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Old 05-07-2008, 03:27 PM
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Red face Locusts, Black Crickets, Brown Crickets?

Which do people use for their leopard geckos? The crickets are more affordable than the locusts, are they just as good or not?

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Old 05-07-2008, 03:30 PM
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I use black crickets and locust, the brown crickets jump all over the place
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Do you feed both crickets and locusts at the same time?
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Also, how long do they live for in a special buggy tank?
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:34 PM
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ive had blacks last for over 2 months, locust 2-3weeks just make sure they are gut loaded before feeding
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:35 PM
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So, do you think it'd be ok to feed them black crickets and keep a tub of mealworms in there constantly?
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:55 PM
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i would not keep meal worms in all the time, just what they can in 15 mins,
leave a bit of carrot in the viv just in case the mealworms escape
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  1. Never feed more insects than your gecko can eat in a single sitting (typically within approximately 15 minutes).
  2. Always place a small piece of carrot in the enclosure in the event the mealworms escape before they can be eaten.
  3. Ideally the width of the insect should be no more than 1/2 the width of the gecko's head. The length of the insect should ideally be no longer than the length of the gecko's head.
  4. Try and offer more smaller prey items, than fewer larger ones. The smaller ones tend to be more nutritious and easier to digest.
  5. When possible, try and offer the freshly molted (white) mealworms - these are also easier for your gecko to digest.
  6. Be sure to use an appropriate vitamin/mineral supplementation schedule. Consult the vast amount of care information available regarding your pet's specific species.
  7. Make sure the mealworms that you offer have been properly gut-loaded for 24 hours before being used as food.
  8. Do not offer dead mealworms as food to your gecko (although you can safely use the commercially available prepared and pre-killed mealworms).
  9. Do not overfeed your gecko! Obesity is commonly seen in geckos which can have detrimental effects on their health. Compound this with the fact that most captive geckos do not get the necessary exercise that they would in the wild and your gecko could develop health problems down the road.
  10. Do not feed worms to your gecko that have come from a colony that has been contaminated with mold. This can lead to serious health problems - even death.
  11. Be sure to use mealworms as part of a varied diet to ensure the maximum nutritional benefit to your gecko!
  12. Never feed insects that have been exposed to any sort of chemical such as insecticides, herbicides or pesticides (to name but a few.
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Thanksa lot
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brown crix are too fast for my leos aswell lol
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