Feeding Your Gargoyle Gecko
Gargoyle geckos (and crested geckos) are omnivores that catch insects and eat soft fruits. In captivity, they tend to do really well on powdered diets that are mixed with water to form a gecko smoothy. We have had great results with Pangea and Repashy. In addition to these pre-formulated diets, we feed our geckos insects and fruit.
Live insects are an excellent form of enrichment for your lizard, making their life in a box more interesting. We offer our gargoyle geckos insects about once a week. Crested geckos, especially as babies, are fed insects more often, as their feeding response to insects seems to be much higher. Crickets and roaches (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. Some geckos also like hornworms and silkworms. Dust all insects with a Calcium and multivitamin supplements. We use Repashy Calcium Plus and Herptivite, as pictured below. Breeding adults are offered calcium in a bowl once a month. Females use calcium to make eggs, so it's an important boost for them.
Fresh (or frozen thawed fruit) is another great food treat. Choose soft, tropical fruits that are 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. We recommend using the pre-formulated diets regularly.
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 your gecko likes.
If you have a new gecko and you're having trouble getting her to eat, check out some of our tips here: