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Posted by Allen Repashy on October 06, 2002 at 23:20:26:
In Reply to: New Crested Gecko Diet....hmmmmm...question posted by Tegan on October 06, 2002 at 21:28:02:
I am glad you got some of the diet from Paul. If you didn't notice already, it does seem low in viscosity (thin) when you mix it, but within about 10 or 15 minutes, it begins to thicken up and gel. It will thinken up to the point that you will be able to turn the cup upside down and it won't move.
Thats assuming that you got the right instructions... two parts water to one part food by VOLUME, not weight. If you mix it by weight, it will be too thin.
Also, if your gecko's are used to nice sweet pure baby food, might not take to it right away. You can do two things, depending on your nerve. I personally, offer it to them till they eat it... No healthy Rhac will stop eating and starve. it might take a week off feed before they start eating it, but they all do eventually. Some people might think this is cruel or something, but with a healthy animal it is no problem at all, and in nature, it would be quite common for a gecko to go a week without food. Water, on the other hand should always be available in a clean bowl.
The other option is to slowly mix it with baby food in small and increasing amounts until they are switched over.
Why bother...because baby food sucks and has little more than carbohydrates for your gecko... very little nutrition. A baby's nutrition primarily comes from milk, and fruit baby food is just a source of energy(carbohydrates) with some vitamin value.
This food is complete and balanced.
Keep us posted on your results, and feel free to send me any questions about it...
Good luck, Allen