When you buy a gecko, it is also important to think of the insects you will have to purchase throughout its life, as you will want the best for your new little friend. Superworms are high in all the nutrients that geckos need, but they are quite big.
Leopard Geckos can eat superworms if the gecko is large enough to consume them. If the gecko is too small, it will choke. Leopard Geckos are large enough to eat superworms when their head is larger than the worm and the worm is no thicker than the distance between the gecko’s eyes.
It is important to ensure that the food you buy for your gecko will help it to live a happy and healthy life. Sometimes, that requires changing their diet as they get older. Superworms can definitely be a great part of their diet, but you should only introduce them when they’re big enough to handle it.
When can Leopard Geckos Eat Superworms?
It can be tricky determining when your gecko is ready to eat superworms. Mostly, it depends on the size of the gecko. If the gecko is just a baby, then you should be feeding it mealworms and crickets. As they get bigger, you can transition into bigger insects like superworms.
The way you know if your gecko is big enough is by the size of its head. If the length of the gecko’s head is smaller than the length of the superworm, then don’t feed them superworms because they will be difficult for them to swallow.
Think of it as a piece of spaghetti that you haven’t chewed up; if you try to swallow a large noddle without chewing, it will get caught in your throat. Best case scenario: it’s uncomfortable and hard to swallow. Worst case: You choke!
The same is true for geckos. They must be able to swallow the superworm without it getting caught in their throat, so ensure their head and mouth areas are large enough for the superworm to go down in one gulp.
Some geckos will never grow to be a size in which they can eat superworms, and that’s totally okay. But if they do, you should switch them to a superworm diet because it will give them all the nutrients they need to thrive.
An Ideal Leopard Gecko’s Diet
Leopard Geckos will eat just about any insect you give them. They love eating food though and have the potential to overeat which is why you need to have control of your gecko’s diet. What you feed it is its source of nutrition and can affect it in good and bad ways.
Here is a list of insects that Leopard Geckos can eat:
- Tomato Hornworms
- Sow Bugs
- Dubia Roaches
Each of these has different pros and cons and some geckos will refuse certain insects based on their personal preferences. Overall though, it is good to switch between foods and vary their diet so that they are getting nutrition from a variety of sources.
If you also want to add extra vitamins to your gecko’s diet, you can buy multivitamins and calcium as a powder that you can sprinkle over their food before you give it to them. This will help them to get any nutrition they may not be getting from the insects otherwise.
Most of the time geckos should be fed at night. Feeding them during the evening with the lights low or off will encourage eating activity.
How Does Their Diet Change Over Time?
Baby geckos and adults are actually quite different when it comes to their diets and metabolisms. As their size and age change, so will their diet and you will have to adapt with them as they get older and know what will be best for them throughout all stages of their life.
Baby geckos metabolize much faster and require food much more often. Just like babies in our society, they want what is in front of them, but they want it now and then again in a couple of hours.
Baby geckos should only be fed once a day, and it is best to give them their food in a dish of some sort. Giving them their food in a dish will help them see the food moving around, which will make it easier for them to eat. Babies cannot be fed superworms because they are too large to swallow.
The rule of thumb for how much to feed them is to feed the gecko whatever it can eat in 10 minutes. After determining how much they will eat in 10 minutes, stick with that until the gecko acts like it needs more food.
Feed baby geckos once every day until adulthood to help with their growth from baby to adult.
While they are small, the size of these insects especially matters. As mentioned above, food should be no larger than the length of their head, and no thicker than the distance between their 2 eyes. Oftentimes, for young geckos, this means mealworms and small crickets until they get bigger.
Once the gecko is older and larger, it will probably be more comfortable with you and so you will be able to feed it either with a dish or with your hands if you want to.
It will also not need to eat quite so frequently as the baby geckos do, so daily feeding will no longer be needed. Instead, you can feed it 3 times a week, with one day in between each feeding.
Once they get bigger it is much more likely that they will be able to eat superworms, because they are larger and more capable of swallowing them.
Be sure not to overfeed your geckos, as this can cause their stomach to become bloated and lead to obesity or other problems. Also, ensure that the food is the correct size and that they are not left in an enclosure with uneaten insects running around.