Leopard Geckos & mealworms

Leopard Geckos & mealworms

Postby Bushbaby » Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:47 am

Hi,

I was feeding my Leos last night and realised that they are looking a lot better than before. Their tails are getting fatter which means that they are picking up weight.

For the past 2-3 weeks I have only been feeding them crickets, where previously I had only fed them mealworms for about 1 month. (Trying to give them a variety over a long period of time)

I started getting worried as even though the Leos were growing, they didn't seem to put on weight while I was feeding mealworms. I do try "gutload" the mealworms before hand, but it still did not seem to help.

Anyone else also experience this??
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Postby Cimeries » Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:44 pm

I used to feed only mealworms at first,but didn't have much weight gain,I have since switched to crickets with the occasional mealworms just for variety and my leos are doing much better and are starting to pic up weight.
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Postby Stefan » Thu Jun 01, 2006 12:44 pm

well with mealies i only have a good expirience in my opinion they make i fine staple my leos tails are fatter that their necks!!!
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Postby Bushbaby » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:16 pm

Wow! That sounds great!! Do you have any pics of your leopard geckos?? Would like to see that.
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Postby madcow » Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:25 pm

THATS GRAET BB!!!
No pun intended but i saw the pics you posted of the ones you got from the expo they looked a bit ale .. .. i matched them to mine and whoa :shock:
the tails of mine are about the same thickness as their necks

but i to a extend i must agree

this past few weeks that the temp has been dropping i must say mine are also picking up weight and i only feed them every second or 3 day .. so it could be that mine's metabolism is slowing down and they gear up for the colder temps

Here is the two of them at 3 months (2weeks ago )
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/ ... months.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h117/ ... months.jpg

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Postby Stefan » Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:11 pm

BB ive opened a photobucket acount but i cant seem to upload could i email to u.
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Postby Bushbaby » Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:21 pm

Sure. No Problem!
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Postby Stefan » Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:04 pm

Image

Image

Him of after a nice plate of 25 :shock: mealworms
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Postby Stefan » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:10 pm

What are these strange pores
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Postby madcow » Fri Jun 02, 2006 7:53 am

Nice one Stefan !!
Man your gecko looks nice !!!
Where do you have him in the fotos ? living room ?
I love leopard geckos !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

If you are referring to the pores in the head?? I believe them to be his ears
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Postby Bushbaby » Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:06 am

That's a decent looking Leo. How old is it now? How long have you had him / her?
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Postby Stefan » Fri Jun 02, 2006 2:41 pm

Yip living room the table cloth comes from mali and we put the ugliest one out because we have a bird wich shits everywhere.Um i got him at the expo and hes was born in decem so 7 months old.
The pores behind hi front leg.
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Postby Spikelet » Fri Jun 02, 2006 3:28 pm

Stunning Stefan :D and he certainly looks very happy :D

As for the Cricket, Mealworm debate - I do hear people on overseas forums punting crix till the babies are older and then changing them to other worms or mealworms (impaction issues). But obviously it is your personal pref and of course if they are healthy and happy then carry on. Our baby (when he finally arrives :roll: ) will be on crix as I need someone to help my beardie finish them before they grow too big ;) Freshly shed mealworms for treats and bribery! :twisted:

Gotta love Leopard geckos!
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Postby Stefan » Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:20 pm

Mealies are fine for leos there is scientific data and field studies done on this subject .I promise you there is no danger.
I would never risk my own beloved leo for anything.
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Postby KYNAN » Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:44 am

Some of the largest breeders in the world maintain thier collections on mealworms(12000+ leopards).The problem is the amount of food given and at what intervals.Leopard from birth to 6 months of age should be feed EVERY day to maximise growth.6 months and up should be fed every second day.
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