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Posted by azteclizard on January 21, 2003 at 22:44:13:
In Reply to: Re: Nopers! posted by mikecoscia on January 21, 2003 at 19:27:40:
I was just refering to an article in the April 1998 issue of Reptiles mag. I don't think he was using the mix that he is making commercially available back then. If he was, it wasn't mentioned in the article. They only talk about the fruit and meat baby food mix, and that it can be used as part of a non-prey diet for cresteds. To quote, "Allen has used this diet to feed three generations of crested geckos, and all animals appear healthy and reproduce at a rate equal to specimens that receive live insect prey in their diet". Considering that by now , Allen is probably several more generations past the three mentioned in the article, i would say that cresteds can definatly be raised and maintained in a non-prey diet. The article does mention that if a non-prey diet is opted for, that care should be taken to add other ingredients to make the diet more complete. This is where a good vitamin, and calcium supplement come into play. Also ingredients such as honey and bee pollen. I add a supplement called Performance Plus Gecko, that i purchase from Walkabout Farms. As far as Allen's mix(if you are refering to the elusive T-rex diet) being not as heavy on the sugars, the first two ingredients are banana powder and honey powder. Not trying to start a debate or "one up" anyone, just trying to answer the original post in a longwinded kind of way. No, you don't have to deal with crickets and yes, you can raise them without ever feeding an insect.