Pinkies for Leopard Geckos

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Pinkies for Leopard Geckos

Post by Gwyn Moxha » Mon, 23 Feb 1998 04:00:00



In his book, LEOPARD GECKOS, Ray Hunziker says it is good to feed live
baby mice to leopard geckos as an occasional treat, and to condition
females for breeding. My pet, Sally, 18months old, won't touch thawed
frozen ones, and I can't get live ones here in the UK, because all the
pet shops say it is illegal here to sell baby mice as livestock. What
should I do? I don't want to breed mice myself because my mother hates
them.

Also, when I bought Sally six months ago, I bought her with Jack,
another leopard gecko, who died of a dietry deficiency after a few
weeks. The vet says it wasn't my fault, but the suppliers. Is it wise to
buy another gecko from a better supplier, and introduce him to her cage?
In the long run of things I want them to breed. Should I save up and buy
another Vivarium for the new lizard? (The Viv I have at the moment is a
black VIVTEK 18inches by 18inches.)

Thanks,
--
Gwyn Moxham

 
 
 

Pinkies for Leopard Geckos

Post by Tim » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00


I too am interested in a response to this.
I have tried feeding thawed pinkies to my leopards, but with no success.

If I waggle it around in front of my large male, he gets interested and has
a***/sniff, but I think when he sees it isn't a waxworm, he gives me a
strange look and meanders off again.

Not even waggling it around the 3 females produces any response.

What I've HEARD to work is scenting the pinkie with something from their
normal diet, so if your leopards normally eat crickets, then maybe try
defrosting the pinkie in a bag/box with a few crickets in it. I've never
tried this really, but a similar thing worked with my snake. I scented the
mouse with lizard smells (droppings) and after 6 weeks of mucking me about,
he finally decided to eat. Waggling it around might help too. Use tweezers
if your leopards are scared to come to your fingers.......

If all else fails, try something else as a treat. Waxworms are great for
getting females into good breeding condition. Feed sparingly, as they are
very fatty :)

Regarding introducing other geckos to her.  I introduced a male and a
female into a viv which already contained 2 females. The male was a similar
size to Bert, my fattest female, whereas the female I introduced was
smaller and a lot more scrawny looking (my herp shop wouldn't let me have
the male by himself - they wanted his 'friend' to go with him!). Even tho
she is a smaller, there has been no fighting or intimidation. Just make
sure that you watch exactly how much both your animals eat. If necessary,
separate them for feeding time for a while to make sure both get enough
food.

I suppose at the end of the day, if they don't WANT the treat you are
offering, tough on them.... so long as they get their normal diet still. No
need to FORCE her into eating something, just because its a "treat". Try
waxworms :)

BTW.
Any UK people interested in a good source for mail order crickets, try "The
Mealworm Company" www.mealworm.co.uk

I'm in no way associated with these people, but I have ordered from them
and been impressed. I have 2 Petsmart shops within 5 miles of my house,
plus several other places to buy crickets, but they are all unreliable. I
ordered 250 large black crickets for 7.50, and they have lasted really
well. Considering this price is the equivalent of 3 packs of crickets at
Petsmart which contain at most 30 crickets each, its impossible to see how
to go wrong...... they were lovely big fat things, nice and active, with a
low casualty rate.

Next order will be some of the prepacked bundles, including some nice
waxworms :) Even if you order as little as 3 tubs, they are a similar price
to Petsmart, but for more food and better quality....

advert over. let me know how you get on with Sally. I'm interested to hear
from ANY "herpers" in the UK. What good reptile shops / suppliers have you
come accross? The nearer to South Wales, the better......

-tim



Quote:
> In his book, LEOPARD GECKOS, Ray Hunziker says it is good to feed live
> baby mice to leopard geckos as an occasional treat, and to condition
> females for breeding. My pet, Sally, 18months old, won't touch thawed
> frozen ones, and I can't get live ones here in the UK, because all the
> pet shops say it is illegal here to sell baby mice as livestock. What
> should I do? I don't want to breed mice myself because my mother hates
> them.

> Also, when I bought Sally six months ago, I bought her with Jack,
> another leopard gecko, who died of a dietry deficiency after a few
> weeks. The vet says it wasn't my fault, but the suppliers. Is it wise to
> buy another gecko from a better supplier, and introduce him to her cage?
> In the long run of things I want them to breed. Should I save up and buy
> another Vivarium for the new lizard? (The Viv I have at the moment is a
> black VIVTEK 18inches by 18inches.)

> Thanks,
> --
> Gwyn Moxham

 
 
 

Pinkies for Leopard Geckos

Post by Jeff Dixo » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> In his book, LEOPARD GECKOS, Ray Hunziker says it is good to feed live
> baby mice to leopard geckos as an occasional treat, and to condition
> females for breeding. My pet, Sally, 18months old, won't touch thawed
> frozen ones

We have one at our house that don't want to eat nothing but pinkies,live or
dead.You have to just about beg it to eat a cricket! So you can guess we our
getting a fat gecko.

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Pinkies for Leopard Geckos

Post by Atalanta Pendragon » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>We have one at our house that don't want to eat nothing but pinkies,live or
>dead.You have to just about beg it to eat a cricket! So you can guess we our
>getting a fat gecko.

My leopard gecko is like that... turns up his nose at crickets or
mealworms, but will gobble down a pinkie mouse like nobody's business.
I was thinking today about changing his name to Cartman.

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