Homemade Crested Gecko Diet
All About Crested Geckos
Crested geckos are probably one of the easiest geckos to care for. They require temperatures that can generally be achieved at and around room temperature, although 75 to 80 °F is optimal. 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.
The homemade diet below is 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.
Recipe From Woodlandedge Herps
- 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.
Note: The bacteria in the yogurt is safe for the geckos as it will help with digestion. It is thought that yogurt produces an enzyme during fermentation.
My Version of the Recipe
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
(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 Consider Blending
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.