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Thread: How I keep my female Leopard Geckos in breeding condition - Pics - May be graphic

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    Are mealworms okay with them? I try to keep up in the herp trade, but it seems split between mealworms good/mealworms evil.
    Heck one thread was saying they were too fatty to feed to Nepenthes(and they do have more fat than crickets, after googling this). Mealworms are easy to raise and crickets, well stink bad even after keeping them alive for a week.
    We have two leopards. I have one about the size of yours, named skittles(by my kids) as he is very skittish and does not like to be held.
    My daughter's is much smaller and she calls it Skittles II(guess why). I think it should be called Lucifer, because he is nasty. I was trying to get some skin off his head that would not shed and he bit and screamed(literally screamed) while I was trying to catch him.
    Any advice on taming/calming them?
    Do the leopards need movement for the pinkies? I have snakes that eat thawed and actually, I just got 700 frozen rodents(Manny, they are euthanized humanely so do not suffer being ate alive/constricted, whatever). I bought bulk thru the mail, as even with shipping, this many rodents cost about 10% of what they would be buying at Petco.
    Sorry, too many questions at once.



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    Joe,
    Not a problem.

    I have kept LG's many years and the staple diet I always gave them was mealworms and never had any problems.

    My neps never complained about the feeding of mealworms to them, unless better growth is a bad thing?

    You are correct about the crickets smelling. I only buy enough to feed the LG's a day in advance so I can gut load them before I feed them all to the LG's.

    To help tame the LG's just place your hand in the tank for several minutes and let the lizard come to you. Do this several day in a row. After a while they get used to your hand in the tank and let you pick them up.

    I never tried feeding anything other then live pinkies. You might be able to get them to take frozen after some time trying.


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    To tame them all u can really do is handle them often & they should warm up to people. About the mealworms, i feed mine exclusively mealworms... he didnt used to accept them, but once i finally got him to, now he's gotten too lazy to even consider crickets again. they're alot easier to use too.

    As for pinkie movement, it probably depends on the individual gecko... i know mine basically is too dumb to go for something that doesnt move, but some might actually have the mental capacity to figure the concept out, lol.
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    Roaches! I declare Roaches the KING feeder, some can get looking really cool too. And they come in any size from Nymph to Maturity which can be a few cm's to a couple inches!

    Dont stink, Dont Climb, dont make noise (depending on species! noise for Hissers, and some do fly but usualy only males and only short distances) Roaches For EVER!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill View Post
    COOL! I like how the other two are watching!
    I would say waiting to get a bite instead of watching, lol. Very cool. Can you buy pinkies at the pet store? How often do they eat a pinkie? How much do pinkies cost?

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    Elgecko, FTG and Others,
    Thanks for the advice. Sorry I have been out of town. I had tried the putting the hand in my daughter's geckos tankand the littel bugger bit me. Good thing he is small.
    Speaking of geckos, met a lady who deals with Tokay's only. She was a customer at Petco and said she let people "adopt" them , and she had to come to the person's home and check it out. No dogs or snakes allowed(double dead on that). She had a 10" one with her that was so docile, you would swear it had been given dope. Just sat with her, no biting, no running.
    Very cool.

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    I have a couple of leopard geckos myself. one male, one female, kept in different tanks. The male never comes out of hiding except to eat and never really warmed up to people. The female in the other tank seems to always be out.

    I have had the male now about 4 years and the female only a year or so.
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