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What do leopard geckos eat?

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Leopard geckos feed on insects, such as crickets, earthworms, roaches and meal worms. They prefer to eat live insects, and most refuse to eat dead prey. If keeping leopard geckos in captivity, it is important to feed them a variety of types of insects because their food preferences often change over time.

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Leopard geckos are able to store excess fat in their tails. When food is scarce, as it often is in their natural desert habitat, they rely on these fat stores for energy. As soon as food becomes available again, they eat heartily to rebuild their fat stores. A thick, fleshy tail is a sign of a healthy leopard gecko. If a gecko's tail becomes thin, it is a sign that it's not receiving adequate nutrition.

Leopard geckos are a large gecko species that can reach up to 11 inches in length when mature. Their backs are covered in small bumps and their undersides are smooth. Leopard geckos have an assortment of skin patterns and colors ranging from green to brown. Like all reptiles, they are ectothermic, which means that they are unable to regulate their own body temperature. During the day, they absorb heat from the sun, and during the night when the temperature is cool, they hunt and digest food.

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    Where do leopard geckos live?

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    Leopard geckos are distributed across rock deserts and arid grasslands in Afghanistan, northwest India, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. They spend their days in holes and crevices avoiding the heat of the sun and come out at night to hunt on the ground.

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    How do you feed wild geckos?

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    National Geographic reports that wild geckos usually eat insects, but some species may also occasionally consume fruit and flower nectar. About.com states that leopard geckos are the species of gecko most commonly kept in captivity. They should be fed crickets, waxworms and mealworms, and the insects should be coated with a calcium-vitamin D3 supplement before feeding consumption.

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    What do house geckos eat?

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    In the wild, common house geckos, which are indigenous to southeast Asia but have become invasive species in the United States, Australia, and parts of South America and Africa, eat various types of insects and spiders. Mediterranean house geckos, which have also spread around the world from their native habitats bordering the Mediterranean Sea, prey on moths, roaches and other insects.

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    Do geckos eat fruits and vegetables?

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    Geckos do eat fruits and vegetables a couple times a week as an extra treat, however, they're not necessary to the gecko's diet. Geckos seek out softer fruits and vegetables, such as mango, pear, squash, or leafy greens, as they are easier for geckos to digest.

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