Gargoyle geckos are really growing in popularity amongst keepers of lizards. They are fairly easy to look after however some beginners may struggle in forming the perfect diet for their new pet.
So with that in mind the idea behind this guide is to give you all the information you could need on the feeding and diet of gargoyle geckos. I will be writing about what your geckos staple foods should be as well as giving you some ideas as to which fruits you can feed as a treat.
What do gargoyle geckos eat?
Gargoyle geckos have been noted to thrive extremely well on powered diets in captivity. This is great because it is convenient, and easy to use.
You also don’t need to worry about gut loading your insects as the powered food has everything your little gecko requires to thrive. This form of food can be kept in their enclosure for a day before needing to be removed.
In the wild they eat insects and fruits. You can choose to feed them insects instead of powered food. They enjoy eating fresh fruits like papaya, and berries. You can make the fruits into a smoothie form and feed it to your little friend that way. Fruits should however be kept as an occasional treat.
They eat insects such as crickets, dubia roaches, horn worms and silkworms. These are incredible staple foods to feed them more regularly. Waxworms are a great treat to give to them on occasion too, and they can also eat pureed chicken.
How often should you feed a gargoyle gecko?
Gargoyle gecko’s don’t need to eat as regularly. They should be fed 3-4 times a week, and with powered foods you can leave the mixture in their enclosure for 24-36 hours. This makes it extremely convenient. After 36 hours it should be removed and fresh food should be placed into their enclosure.
During the winter their eating can go down to twice a week. Fruits should be kept as a treat, and can be fed once a week – or once every two weeks. Other great treats to feed them are superworms, and waxworms.
If you chose to feed them insects, they can still be fed 3-4 times a week, and in winter about twice a week. About once a week you should also dust the insects with calcium and vitamin D. This ensures that all of their nutritional needs are met.
How much food do gargoyle geckos eat?
When it comes to insects, they should only eat as many insects as they can within 15-20 minutes and any leftover insects should be removed from their enclosure. Each powered food may vary in how much you should feed your gargoyle gecko.
Be sure to check the packaging of the powered food you choose. The general recommendation is to feed them as much as they will eat in a sitting.
How about a quick video of a gargoyle gecko stalking and eating a cricket? Why not!
Where to get food for gargoyle gecko?
You can find insects in any pet store, and you can breed them yourself. It is important that you don’t feed your gargoyle gecko wild insects as they may contain parasites or be covered in pesticides which can harm your gecko.
Can gargoyle geckos eat vegetables?
They can very rarely eat vegetables, but it is not recommended. There isn’t a lot of research that has been done about whether gargoyle geckos can eat vegetables or not. They wouldn’t typically eat vegetables in the wild and so it is best to keep it is as a rare treat.
Can gargoyle geckos eat fruit?
Yes they can! They do enjoy fruit and fruit can be fed as an occasional treat. Fruits can be fed in multiple forms, you can chop it up or make it into a smoothie for them to enjoy.
You should watch the portion sizes as well as fruit has a lot of sugar in it which can harm your gecko. They have been known to eat fruit in the wild, and particularly enjoy papaya and berries.
Can gargoyle gecko eat papaya?
Yes they can eat Papaya! In fact it’s a fruit they really enjoy eating. Papaya can make up a large portion of a gargoyle geckos regular treats as it is a natural fruit to them.
Can gargoyle geckos eat figs?
Yes! Figs are a great fruit to feed to your gargoyle gecko as a treat. Make sure that it is cut up into small manageable portions and try not to over feed it.
Can gargoyle geckos eat raspberries?
Yes! This is another great option to feed to your gargoyle gecko. They have been known to enjoy berries in the wild, so it makes absolute sense to treat it to some in captivity as a pet.
Can gargoyle gecko eat watermelon?
Yes your gargoyle gecko will enjoy eating watermelon, but this is best kept as a rare treat. It is however a refreshing treat to feed your pet and will help keep them hydrated.
Can gargoyle geckos eat mango?
Yes! Mango’s are one of the highly suggested fruit to feed your gargoyle gecko as a treat. It can be fed more regularly as a treat. This is a much more natural type of fruit that your pet would eat in the wild.
Can gargoyle gecko eat kiwi?
Yes! Kiwi is a great option to give to your pet gargoyle gecko as a treat. Just be careful not to over feed it with kiwi as it is very sweet and also quite high in vitamin C.
Can gargoyle geckos eat grapes?
Yes, your gargoyle gecko will probably enjoy grapes, but they might be too high in sugar for them to eat it regularly. It can be kept as a more rare treat, and to make it easier you can cut the grapes in half to feed to your pet.
Fruits to avoid:
Here is a list of all of the fruits that you should avoid feeding to your gargoyle gecko to keep it safe and healthy.
Can gargoyle gecko eat oranges?
No, gargoyle geckos should not eat oranges. All citrus fruits should be avoided as it is too acidic for their stomachs to handle. There are plenty of other fruits available which are safe to eat for your pet so avoid oranges, lemons and limes.
Can gargoyle geckos eat pumpkin?
No, gargoyle geckos should not eat pumpkin as it is not very good for them. Because of this it is best to try not feeding them any of it.
Can gargoyle geckos eat peaches?
Peaches are a fruit best to be avoided in your gargoyle geckos diet.
Can gargoyle geckos eat banana?
No, you should not feed your gargoyle gecko banana. Bananas aren’t toxic, but they aren’t an ideal source of food to give to your gargoyle gecko. Bananas have very poor calcium-to-phosphorus ratio’s and so it is best to avoid feeding it to your gecko. It can be fed extremely rarely. They will however enjoy eating it if you choose to give bananas to them very rarely. Bananas are also extremely high in potassium.
You can incorporate a few different fruits into a smoothie and feed a small amount of this to feed to your gecko. To make it more convenient, you can freeze it in smaller containers and you can feed this to your little friend whenever you’d like to give it to them as a treat.
Ultimately, there are a number of options to feed your gargoyle gecko. You can give them powered feed, which is a convenient form of food as it is packed full of nutrients and you don’t need to worry about making sure they are getting the right proportions.
They can eat this 3-4 times a week. If you choose to rather feed them insects, then crickets and dubairoaches are great staple meals for your pet lizard.The insects should be dusted with calcium and vitamin D powder once a week so that your gecko gets all the nutrients it needs.
As always, its best to discuss all your options with your vet. Gargoyle geckos are easy to feed and keep satisfied.
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