Even novice leopard gecko owners know how sensitive leopard geckos can be to their environment. And their food is definitely a part of their environment. So, as a new owner one may understandably ask “How to feed leopard geckos?”
A fully mature leopard gecko needs to be fed every 3 to 4 days. Really young ones need to be fed once every day. And for leopard geckos between 6 – 12 months old, feeding should be done every other day.
This is not a simple question to answer. So, we went ahead and wrote a full leopard gecko feeding schedule. We’ve also provided a leopard gecko feeding chart to help you follow this schedule much more easily.
When to feed your leopard gecko?
The best time when you can feed your leopard gecko is at night. More specifically between 9 PM and 5 AM.
Leopard geckos are crepuscular. This means in the wild they are most active between dawn and dusk. So, that is exactly when you should feed them.
Trying to feed them before or after this time frame may disrupt their sleep cycle. This can eventually cause dire health issues.
How Often Should You Feed Leopard Geckos?
This entirely depends on your leopard geckos age. Younger leopard geckos need daily feeding. But as they grow older, they require lesser and lesser food.
Here’s how often you should feed your leopard geckos –
- 0 to 6 months old: Once every day
- 6 to 12 months old: Once every other day
- More than 12 months old: Once every 3 to 4 days
What to feed your leopard gecko?
Leopard geckos like to eat all sorts of insects. The most common insects used to feed leopard geckos are crickets, mealworms, roaches, and waxworms.
Make sure the size of the food isn’t too big for your leopard gecko. Measure the distance between your leopard gecko’s eyes. The length of the bugs you feed should not be longer than that.
Remember to use a variety of insects. Feeding your gecko the same thing over and over again will bore them out. So, use different sorts of insects for mental stimulation.
Don’t forget to gut load the bugs before feeding them to your leopard gecko. Gut loading means raising the bugs with a properly nutritious diet so that they can pass it on to your gecko.
Don’t just use bug gel. That won’t provide enough nutrition. Try to feed the bugs different types of fruits and veggies as well.
Also, make sure you dust your leopard gecko’s food with calcium and vitamin powder from time to time.
How often should you provide supplements to a leopard gecko?
Leopard geckos need calcium and multivitamin supplements to survive in captivity. If you don’t do this then your leopard gecko is sure to suffer from health issues.
Especially young leopard geckos need plenty of supplement powder to grow up healthy. Here’s how often you should provide supplements to your leopard geckos –
|Age||Calcium powder||Vitamin powder|
|0 to 6 months||5 days a week||2 days a week|
|6 to 12 months||2 to 3 days a week||1 day a week|
|Over 12 months||6 to 8 days a month||2 to 3 days a month|
Do not mix powders. If you are powdering your gecko’s food with calcium on a particular day, don’t mix vitamin powder that day.
How much should you feed leopard geckos?
According to some leopard gecko owners, you should feed two proper sized insects for every inch of your leopard gecko’s body length.
But I don’t think that’s necessary. It’s really hard to overfeed leopard geckos. What I do is I take a bunch of crickets or mealworms, dust them with supplement powder, and just leave them in my leopard gecko enclosure for 15 minutes.
After that, I take out any that’s leftover. This has been working for me and you can do this too. If you feel like your leopard gecko is getting overweight or underweight, you can always mix up the feeding schedule a bit to figure out what’s right for your specific leopard gecko.
But one thing I might add is that don’t feed waxworms, pinkies, or any other fatty food too often. Leopard geckos love them but they are not healthy. I usually feed my geckos one waxworm every two weeks as a treat.
Leopard Gecko Feeding Chart
To make following the feeding schedule a bit easier I’m adding a calendar chart. You can print this out and hang it close to your gecko enclosure. This should provide a better understanding of how you should plan out a feeding routine across a month.
Baby Leopard Geckos
Juvenile Leopard Geckos
Adult Leopard Geckos
Every leopard gecko is different. So, you might need to do some tweaking to the schedule I’ve provided. Observe your leopard gecko’s weight over the course of a month or two.
If you think that your gecko is gaining too much weight then you can decrease the frequency of feeding and provide fewer wax worms or any other fatty food that you might be giving them.
In the opposite scenario if your leopard gecko seems to be losing too much weight then increase the portion of food provided.
By now you should know enough to plan out your leopard gecko feeding schedule. Feel free to comment, any questions that you might have. If you have any previous experience with leopard geckos then let us know what you think about this guide.