Everyone knows that there are various different foods out there that you can feed your reptile, but what you feed them will depend exactly on what type of reptile they are, what size they are, and what age they are as well. So, before choosing what food to get them, please make sure you take those 3 main factors into deep consideration. But with that said, here are my top food picks for each of the reptiles I currently own or have owned that I feel will be good picks for you as well. All insects are live only.
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that all the equipment and food that I use is based on the size of my tank, the size of my reptiles, and what they enjoy eating the most. While most of the items on this list apply to any tank size and reptile, it’s best to check your setup and also take into consideration your reptiles personal needs so that you know exactly what size to get for your tank, and reptile, for the items and food that do, in fact, go by size.
Best Leopard Gecko Foods
These feeder insects here are amazing and are commonly used insects that are used in replacement to crickets because of how much easier they are to maintain. On top of that, they’re slightly more nutritious than crickets as well and they don’t cause issues with smell, they’re quiet, and there’s no worry of having them hop all over the place trying to catch them.
They’re also good as staple foods and will allow you to say bye to crickets forever. Here’s an example of some Dubia Roaches that you can get on Amazon.
For baby geckos, you’ll want small roaches, for juvenile geckos, you’ll want medium-sized roaches, and for adult geckos, you’ll want the large-sized ones. These roaches are amazing and are actually the insects I feed my leopard gecko more than any other bug that I have.
There are many different types of mealworms to choose from online, but when it comes to picking some out for your leopard gecko, you want to make sure that they’re alive. Dead food isn’t very appealing to geckos and will a lot of the times not even touch the food if it’s not moving, which isn’t good because they obviously need to eat.
With that said, here are the mealworms that I like to get for my leopard geckos mealworms. They’re a company called Live Mealworms that ships with Amazon and are very reliable, quick, and truthful when it comes to their products. Even when buying in bulk, you might only find just a few dead mealworms, if any at all. I have been using them for years and recommend this brand all the way.
You can choose medium-sized worms, large, or mixed depending on how big your leopard gecko is. Medium-sized worms will be good for baby and juvenile geckos while large worms will be good for adults.
Because my leopard gecko is an adult, I always get him these crickets from Amazon. But because I know a lot of you don’t have leopard geckos that are adults yet, I added this small chart with the size of crickets you should be looking for down below to help you know what crickets to get for your gecko.
- Baby Gecko’s = 1/4 – 1/8 inch sized crickets
- Juvenile Gecko’s = 1/4 inch sized crickets
- Adult Gecko’s = 1/2 – 1 inch sized crickets
These insects here are amazing. Leopard geckos love them, they’re very high in calcium and are a great addition to add to your gecko’s diet so that he or she can enjoy a bit of a variety besides crickets and mealworms.
Here are the wax worms that I get on Amazon.
Leopard geckos could eat these bugs non-stop, but unfortunately, they’re high in fat and could cause them to become overweight and addicted to them. While they’re great foods to have in your arsenal, they should only be fed to your gecko one or twice every two weeks.
Here are the wax worms that I get on Amazon.
Some have said that these worms are good as a staple food for leopard geckos, but because they’re so high in fat, they’re definitely not. Just like wax worms, your leopard gecko will need to be fed these every two weeks or if you’re having trouble getting them to eat. If you’d like to know the ones I get for my gecko, then check them out here.
Black Soldier Fly Larvae
Not every single leopard gecko likes these feeder insects and not every owner knows about them, but they are packed with helpful nutrients for your leopard gecko and also contain lots of calcium as well, which we should all by know that that’s what leopard geckos need to survive. Based on reviews and from my own experience, all kinds of different love this feeders and are definitely ones to consider. Take a look at them here.
Because these worms are extremely high in fat like superworms and wax worms, they, again, should only be fed to your leopard gecko once or twice every two weeks. These worms alongside the other ones are good for getting picky eaters to eat and for dire situations where your leopard gecko won’t eat at all.
They taste very good for pretty much all leopard geckos and are good worms to have as apart of your gecko’s diet.
These are all my top picks, but if you’d like a few more suggestions that are worth taking a look at or a little more information on the ones that I have provided, then click here to go to the article where I go a little more in-depth for each one. And remember, don’t feed your leopard gecko anything that is larger than the width of their eyes.