Whitney has raised and bred different species of geckos, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and other exotics since 2003.
The Easiest Gecko: Crested Geckos
Crested geckos are probably one of the easiest geckos to care for since they require temperatures that can generally be achieved at and around room temperature, although 75 to 80 °F is optimal.
Crested Gecko Food
They eat a simple diet that just mixes with water. They also like crickets on occasion, but the crested gecko meal replacement is the essential diet for crested geckos. If you really want to provide a treat, you don't want to feed baby food because although it is formulated for healthy babies, it doesn't provide the same nutrients to geckos.
Crested Gecko Diet Meal Replacements
The homemade treats below are not a good staple diet and should only be used as an occasional treat for your gecko(s). You need to provide Crested Gecko Diet (CGD) meal replacement on a regular basis in order to ensure that your gecko(s) is receiving the proper nutrients that he deserves. A healthy treat that you can make at home is an all-natural smoothie. Below you can check out a recipe that I got from Woodlandedge Herps and the re-formulated diets that I made for my own crested geckos.
Homemade Gecko Smoothie Treat Recipe
- 1 large can approx. (800 g/ 28 oz) of unsweetened mango pulp
- 1 small to medium ripe banana
- 1 to 2 soft pears
- 3 to 4 figs
- One or two other fruits in season
- One can of low fat, unsweetened yogurt (strawberry, mixed berries, or peach)
- Put all of your fruits in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the pureed fruits in a mixing bowl.
- Add the one serving size container of yogurt and mix thorough.
- Scoop into ice trays and freeze.
When feeding, you will thaw out the ice cubes and put them in the bowls. You may consider adding bee pollen, another blended mix of fruits, a different yogurt flavor, finely chopped figs to the top of the mix to give it a little more flavor before feeding. Remove whatever is not eaten the next day, as the fruits will spoil rather quickly.
Fruit and Yogurt Gecko Treats
I still followed the basic directions, except I went ahead and blended in yogurt with the fruits in the blender to save from dirtying the extra dish. I actually made three different types of smoothie mixtures.
- 1/2 container of no sugar, low-fat raspberry yogurt.
- 1 banana
- 8 strawberries
- 1 mango
- 1/4 cup of apple juice
(Makes two full trays.)
- 1/2 container of no sugar, low-fat raspberry yogurt
- 2 white peaches
- 2 pears
- 45 grapes (without the skin)
- 1 small jar of peach baby food
(Makes four full trays.)
- Apple juice
- Peach baby food
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(Makes 1 and 1/2 trays; I lost the exact measurements.)
From the three different types, I found that my geckos enjoy the first one the best. I haven't tried the third blend of fruits, but I expect that they will enjoy it as it is primarily berries.
Fruits to Feed a Gecko
You cannot use any and every fruit to blend up for your crested geckos (i.e. avoid citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, and tangerines). Fruits that you want to consider include:
Just remember that these homemade crested gecko smoothies are not meant to be a staple diet. You can use them as occasional treats, but do not offer them daily, as your gecko will not receive the proper nutrients that he needs. I like to give my older juvenile and adult crested geckos the mix once a week and no more; I do not offer the mix to hatchlings as I want to ensure that they are eating CGD.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Jade11 on January 04, 2016:
I am new with crested geckos and I am wondering- what vitamins and nutrients does my gecko needs to stay really healthy?
jeremy on January 19, 2012:
My son fed my crested gecko an orange slice... Would it hurt him..?
Gecko1 on September 24, 2011:
Thanks Whitney05. He just started shedding! Awesome!
Whitney (author) from Georgia on September 23, 2011:
Do not offer apple juice, orange juice, or lettuce. They need a staple diet of crested gecko diet, which is a meal replacement. Crested geckos will not eat lettuce, and juices have too much sugars.
I doubt there is wax in the ear, it could be skin from an old shed.
They are nocturnal, so it's not uncommon to see them in the same spot throughout the day.
Gecko1 on September 21, 2011:
my gecko never moves! he just sits on his plant all day starring out the window. what is happining
Gecko1 on September 18, 2011:
Hi! my Gecko has some wax in his ears. Should I be worried??
Gecko1 on September 18, 2011:
Would apples, orange juice, and lettece work? also, i want to if it is a boy or girl! Can anyone tell me?
sergey on June 16, 2011:
Do you need to UN-freeze it before feeding it to the gecko?
reverendtenhigh on April 24, 2011:
Sounds tasty. wondering about freezing the yogurt tho. you mention that the bacteria in the yogurt would be beneficial for their digestive systems, but I'm pretty sure that freezing would kill the bacteria. I'd just dollop a little in as you serve.
Whitney (author) from Georgia on February 27, 2011:
It is possible. Also depending on the genders, they may fight.
Ashley on February 26, 2011:
I have two cresties, one is fairly fatter than the other!
Does this mean they could fight? So far they have been good, but I do worry sometimes! Im working on gettin another cage asap just incase something should occur!
Whitney (author) from Georgia on December 15, 2010:
It is not a good staple, and as mentioned on this page, these recipes are not meant to be staple foods. Baby food as a staple can cause MBD and vitamin deficienies. As a treat it is fine, but I wouldn't offer it more than once a week. CGD should be offered daily.
Anonymous on December 14, 2010:
So wait if your not supposed to feed them baby food, why did 2 of your recipes call for it? I am just curious.
Whitney (author) from Georgia on October 31, 2010:
Babies may get small crickets once a week. I don't always have crickets on hand, so they don't get them often. In a lot of cases, when I do have crickets, I'll just feed my adults crickets once every other week.
nick on October 30, 2010:
do you feed crickets to your cresties? if so how often do you?
Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 29, 2009:
I use bottle caps for hatchlings and juvies. Otherwise I use 2.5" ceramic kritterz bowls for my groups of females. I just put less in the bottle cap for hatchlings. I prefer soda bottle caps for younger geckos and milk bottle caps, gatoraid bottle caps, etc for juvies and older. Even at that point, hatchlings will typically only eat a quarter of a soda bottle cap, give or take; you'll have to put a little in and increase the amount as you see the gecko eating more.
Those amounts for CGD, I half the actual amount for homemade treats such as the recipe above.
xxcamxx on June 27, 2009:
what container do you use to feed your geckos? I've been told that the container I use is too big since I can't tell how much my gecko has eaten, if at all. A picture would be very helpful thanks :)
Whitney (author) from Georgia on April 17, 2009:
Not necessarily, but you technically you can say so. They really only eat fruits and insects. They don't eat all forms of vegetation. The meal replacement is the best diet, and you don't have to feed crickets or any other insect.
nicko guzman from Los Angeles,CA on April 16, 2009:
Are they herbivores?
Lilymag from Upstate New York on July 19, 2008:
What an informative hub! Your geckos are adorable! I have my hands full right now with the 2 boxer girls and the 2 other girls in a 2 bedroom house...but maybe if we move to a bigger one!
Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 13, 2008:
Eileen thanks for the comment. These guys are very fun pets.
H.C. no not all geckos eat fruit. Many are sole insectivores. Anoles are typically insectivores.
Health Conscious from South Florida - USA on July 13, 2008:
Do most lizards like fruit also.
A knght anole just decided to make my garden window his home and I would llike to leave him a treat every once in a while so he will stay. He makes a great nature pet and natural insect control officer.
I put up a hub of some pictures I took of him.
Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on July 12, 2008:
Brilliant pictures, they sure are cute. I have enough pets so no more today thanks. Very helpful hub for those wanting them. Thanks for sharing these little fellas with us.