Thursday, September 13, 2012

5 Things My Geckos Have Taught Me About Eating

Katie & Mandy each have a leopard gecko now.

Mandy named her Popcorn back in February.  Katie just got her little one, M&M two weeks ago.

I had no idea how much I could like them.
They are truly the easiest pets ever.  They don't mind being held and crawling up your shirt if you're in the mood to play.  But, they're just as happy in their tanks hanging out under the heat lamp.

They are also quite photogenic.

They even do their business in the same corner of the tank every time.  The girls have dubbed this "the pooping corner".  When you see that it's messy, you reach in with a tissue and then toss it.  
Seriously, these guys are way easier than their owners were in the first year of their lives.

Every few days we go to the pet store and buy them each a dozen crickets.
Popcorn has been around for awhile and he knows what's coming when that plastic bag arrives.
He comes right out of under his rock and waits at the front of the tank.

I think it's the most excitement he really has in his life.

At least it was until M&M showed up and started running over him.

Last week when we fed them, I got to thinking about how simple nutrition is for a gecko.

Here's what I learned:

1. Eat fresh food.
In fact, geckos only eat REALLY fresh food.  As in, still alive and jumping around the tank.  
If a cricket dies in the tank, we might as well scoop it out with the poop.  
The geckos are no longer interested.

2. Eat food that agrees with you.
Mandy once brought a bug in from outside and put it in Popcorn's tank.  
He came out, took one look, and went back under his rock.  
I don't know what didn't appeal to him, but he was having nothing to do with the weird little bug.

So, why are we still consuming food that makes us feel lousy?

3.  Eat what you were designed to eat.
Geckos are insectivores.  That's how they were designed.  
Go ahead, give them some chocolate, they won't care. Fancy wine?  Not interested.
Humans were designed to eat plants, meat, nuts... real food!

Avoid chemicals and food-like substances.

4. Sometimes the best meals involve a little work.
I've seen the geckos spend considerable time hunting one particular cricket.  
They will even pass by other, less desirable crickets while they try to catch just the right one.

Put a little time into selecting your food.  
Avoid having someone pass your food to you out a window.

5. Enjoy a treat sometimes.
While crickets are their diet staple, they also enjoy meal worms.  
These are a special little treat that the geckos get very excited about.  
They stalk them all around the tank as if they were a big slice of cheesecake.

I'll leave you with this video of Popcorn.  
Go ahead, you're welcome to tell me that I have too much time on my hands. 

Bon Appetite!

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