Gargoyle geckos and crested geckos tend to do really well on powdered gecko diets such as Pangea or Repashy, which are great food options. Variety is the spice of life, so do what you can to make life interesting for your critter through different types of foods, climbing spaces and hiding spaces.
Live insects are an excellent form of enrichment for your lizard. We offer our gargoyle geckos insects about once a week. Crested geckos, especially as babies, are fed insects every few days, as their feeding response to insects seems to be much higher. Crickets and roaches (FYI-there's over 4,000 species of roaches, so there's bound to be one you think is cute.) are the most commonly available feeders insects. They will often also take hornworms or silkworms. Dust insects with a Calcium and multivitamin supplements.
Fresh (or frozen thawed fruit) is another great food treat. Chose fruits that are soft, tropical and ideally high in calcium and low in phosphorus. Good choices include: Papayas, figs, blackberries and raspberries. Mix calcium and multivitamins into fruit mixes- we make ours in the blender. Note that just fruit, even with supplements is not enough nutrition and can lead to floppy tail syndrome.
A sample feed schedule:
Monday: Pangea Watermelon
Wednesday: Pangea Insect
Friday: Crickets with Calcium & Multivitamins
Sunday: Pangea Apricot
Tuesday: Fruit, Papaya and mango puree with Calcium & Multivitamins
Thursday: Watermelon Pangea
Saturday: Pangea Insect
Each gecko has it's own favorite foods. Some really love live insects, while others don't. Try different things to figure out what they like.
Breeding adults are offered calcium in a bowl once a month and often, they lick it dry. The female's calcium is going toward making eggs, so they often need a boost.
If you have a new gecko and you're having trouble getting her to eat, check out some of our tips here: