A leopard gecko’s diet is generally not that complicated, as long as you feed it with living food, it’ll eat them. One question that arises often is Can leopard geckos eat earthworms? Well, this would be a natural question for any leopard gecko owner to ask. This blog post will answer your questions and then you can decide if you are going to feed your pet with earthworms.
Table of Contents
- Are Leopard Geckos used to Eating Earthworms in the Wild?
- What can you Feed a Leopard Gecko?
- Bottom Line
Can leopard geckos eat earthworms? A single worm or two in a leopard gecko’s diet wouldn’t hurt. But a diet with only earthworms wouldn’t be very healthy for your pet. Due to its large size and lack of nutrients, earthworms are not the ideal food for your pet gecko, but it would a perfect treat source for leopard geckos.
But make sure to obtain the food from a reliable source instead of picking it from the wild. Wild earthworms could make your gecko sick since they carry harmful germs which might cause intestinal blockage and other health problems.
A varied diet with variety of worms and other feeder insects would be the best choice for your pet gecko since they have teeth too.
Are Leopard Geckos used to Eating Earthworms in the Wild?
Well, no, leopard geckos rarely eat earthworms in the wild. Earthworms tend to secrete a substance, coelomic fluid when they feel stressed. They also secrete this when they move since this fluid form a cement-like substance that lines their burrows to help them climbing wall without falling.
Leopard geckos hate this mucus-like substance, and so they usually refrain from eating earthworms. Yes, just like how kids hate broccoli, geckos hate earthworms, but earthworms unlike broccoli doesn’t have a lot of nutrients. Make sure to not feed your pet leopard gecko with earthworms if it shows disliking towards it, and remove it from the geckos’ leopard or it might not eat the rest of the insects and worms too
What can you Feed a Leopard Gecko?
A leopard geckos’ food plate could contain anything, any insect alive. It is ideal to feed your pet gecko with insect species about quarter their size. Living crickets, meal worms, horned worms, phoenix worms, super worms, would be great parts of the geckos’ diet.
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These insects and worms are both nutritious and easy to find, so you wouldn’t have trouble using them. Do not feed wild worms or wild insects, I repeat do not feed wild creatures, they are very harmful. As how I know, crickets are the easiest to find and the easiest to feed to geckos.
In summary, feeding your pet leopard geckos with earthworm isn’t a very bad idea, as long as you are not going to entirely depend on them. Earthworms are not bad, they are just, less nutritious and there is a wide variety of other easily accessible gecko food instead of earthworms. But it is always your decision that matters.
Hope that this blog post answered your questions and helped you make a decision about whether or not you should feed your pet leopard gecko earthworms.
People Also ask:
Can Leopard Geckos eat wild Earthworms?
No, Wild earthworms could make your gecko sick since they carry harmful germs which might cause a variety of health issues. So keep away from wild earthworms.
Can Leopard Geckos eat Lob Worms?
Yes, Lob worms are high in calcium and make a good treat for your pet gecko. But just like earthworms do not feed lob worms to your leopard gecko frequently. Once or maybe twice a week is fine.
Can I Feed my Gecko Worms?
Yes you can feed your gecko worms such as earthworms, meal worms, lob worms, silkworms and a few others. A couple of times a week is the most ideal