This is a commonly asked question among leopard gecko hobbyists. People often ask, “should I get calcium with D3 or without?” Or, “what leopard gecko vitamin supplements should I buy?” Also, “how to dust insects with multivitamin powder?” Before we start, understand that there’s not just one right way to supplement. However, we will go over the most common methods that should work for all general gecko hobbyists and breeders.
To D3 or not to D3? The answer is simple. Yes, for leopard geckos living in captivity, you need to supplement with vitamin D3 unless you utilize UVB. UVB is a whole other discussion entirely so let’s just assume you don’t use UVB like most leopard gecko hobbyists. But to quickly go over UVB, in order to use UVB properly, you need to have a large enough terrarium (20-40 gallons minimum). The tank must have lots of shades and hides to allow your gecko to hide away from light. Continue reading “How to supplement gecko diet and dust feeder insects – Leopard gecko vitamin supplements”
Dubia roaches (Blaptica dubia) have become increasingly popular in the recent years. Hobbyists are finding out that dubia roaches are great staple diet for their leopard geckos. Not only are dubia roaches a healthy, low fat feeder. They are also fairly clean, they do not smell, jump, climb smooth surface, or make obnoxious noises. Dubia roaches also breed well in a colony, allowing leopard gecko hobbyists to keep a live stock of all sizes ready to be fed off to their geckos. Unlike crickets and mealworms, their life cycle is very long, allowing you to keep them longer before having to feed them off. Pretty much you get the benefits of healthy feeders like crickets, without the negatives. They are also hardy, and very meaty compared to most feeders when looking at the meat to chitin ratio.
Dubia Roaches vs Crickets for Leopard Geckos
A big reason for their increased popularity has to do with the cricket virus that nearly wiped out the cricket stock. This cricket virus is now affecting more than just domestic house crickets, so reptile hobbyists had to look for a new, reliable feeder source. As more hobbyists get over their roach phobia (something I had to get over as well), more and more hobbyists are keeping a running colony of dubia roaches to feed them off to their leopard geckos & reptiles. Unfortunately with increased popularity, there are also lots of misinformation being spread regarding dubia roaches, particularly with their diet. Continue reading “Dubia Roaches As Feeders – High Protein Diet – And Gout In Leopard Geckos”