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I know it sounds cruel, and a lot of you crested lovers probably don't want to read this! Does anyone else feed their leachianus other geckos including other rhacs such cresteds? I have two ciliatus eggs that are due to hatch anyday now, and when they do, I plan to feed a hatchling to my baby island E leachianus. She has already devoured one a week or so ago, hopefully this can give her a nice head start, add some bulk and size with much needed calcium and protein that these feeder lizards offer.
08-24-2005, 10:20 AM
I have no moral problem with this action, but you can but feeder lizards (anoles I think) a lot cheaper than the most unattractive $40 crestie.
alan, do you think there would be a problem with feeding wild caught anoles? possibility of spreading parasites?
08-24-2005, 11:01 AM
I don't have any moral problems with this either, other than I can't bring myself to do it. I do know of a few people who raise pictus, tiger and leopard geckos specifically for feeders. There are also a few I know of who will feed off 'left over' offspring at the end of the year before the new eggs start showing up, or use premature, weak hatchlings for that as well. It's a natural thing, so technically it doesn't bother me but I'm not at the point where I could do it. Even feeding off thawed fuzzies took some getting used to for me.
yea, I feel the same. I wouldn't bother me if deformed or injured animals were fed! Could you give me some contact info on the people you know that breed geckos to be used as feeders? or are they all in canada? thanks sillyatus.
08-24-2005, 11:21 AM
They're all Canucks, sorry. If you really want to raise your own 'feeders', it doesn't cost much to get 1.2 pictus, they're easy to house and care for. Chances are it will work out much cheaper than buying feeder lizards and way cheaper than using cresties.
08-30-2005, 08:22 AM
I have never fed any of my geckos lizards, not because of any morality issue, but rather just an expense issue. You know my stand on feeding Rhacs, I like to keep it simple, I am one of the keepers that is having good results (so far) with the MRP, so for now I'm going to keep on using the powder. One thing that does concern me about feeding lizards to lizards would be those times when you may not have your own stock of lizards and perhaps some trouble finding reasonably priced feeder lizards, this may be a problem if your leachie had a strong preference for eating lizards. Was that long winded enough?
I see what your saying. no need to change up things if you are having success feeding the MRP!!
08-30-2005, 08:52 AM
I wouldn't consider a constant diet of lizards for a leachie. It's more of a treat or change, like feeding pinkies once in a blue moon. If you do have a regular supply, then go ahead and use them more often. Leachies aren't picky where they only eat one thing and that's it, they'll take a variety of foods.
08-30-2005, 09:26 AM
alan, do you think there would be a problem with feeding wild caught anoles? possibility of spreading parasites? The most common lizard parasite I see is the pinworm (Oxyurid, probably Pharyngodon spp), and while there is little published information as to how this is transmitted, I strongly suspect that it can infect multiple unrelated lizard species. Simple answer to your question.... Yes.
I used to feed my Island E WC Pacific Tree Frogs :) in addition to anything else that walked or crawled or smelled like fruit
11-27-2005, 10:54 AM
i tried feeding my leachie a crested that didint hatch...he didnt want it....so i feed it to my Dumpys and man did they love them....i would say...try it...
11-28-2005, 02:01 PM
As far as I know, Pacific Tree Frogs don't smell like fruit, and nor do any other reptiles for that concern.
That is very observant of you
Not that the animals smelled like fruit...
but that the lizard ate in addition to the animals anything that smelled like fruit, for instance, strawberry jam, honey, Gecko Gourmet Dry food, she loved banannas and any form of **** food
with any fruit content in it
Tree frogs, small geckos, large insects were all also on the menu
never got her to take pinkies though or silk worms, I had one guy tell me he fed his leachies night crawlers and that it savaged them like a monitor lizard savages a mouse! I had to sell my leachie unfortunately because I needed some money. Hopefully I'll be able to breed my gargoyles and sell the babies to work back into leachianus they are the coolest!
Have a great day :)
11-29-2005, 01:33 PM
i've never feed mine any type of lizards, but i do know that they will eat anything else offered. fruit, ****food, powder, etc.
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