Tokay Geckos are furious eaters and their big size allows them to eat pretty much anything. More than that, they are quite active, which means they can enjoy a few fatty treats a week as well. They’re typically quite hard to tame but good food is definitely the key to bonding with this beautiful, but quite aggressive gecko.
It’s not hard to feed a Tokay Gecko and it’s even easier to maintain their enclosure in perfect condition. But their unpredictable behavior makes them ideal for more experienced keepers. You should also be careful about their diet as it’s ideal to make it as versatile as possible.
In this article, we’ll talk about Tokay Geckos and what can you feed them.
Can Tokay Geckos Eat Calci Worms?
First of all, you need to understand that calciworms and phoenix worms are not the same thing and that you should never mistake them for one another. This is a common problem for some keepers because both of them belong to the same species. However, they have different levels of calcium.
Phoenix worms are highly recommended for geckos as “staple” food. This means they can make a big part of each of the gecko’s meals, all you have to do is add one or two different insects for versatility. On the other hand, calciworms are better left as treats or added one by one as a completion to the meal.
While the Tokay Gecko is quite active and it’s hard for it to get fat, it’s still possible. And making a Tokay Gecko lose weight can be a nightmare, especially if you can hear it when it vocalizes. If it’s not full, you won’t even get to close your eyes at night from all the noise it will make looking for food. It will also attempt to escape the vivarium if it realizes it won’t find food in its enclosure anytime soon.
What Kind of Diet is Recommended
For hatchlings and babies between 0 to 6 months, you will have to provide food up to three times a day. Their diet should include extra small feeder insects and a little bit of commercial diet food. When they are between 6 and 12 months old, you need to start feeding them only once a day and they can start eating small-to-medium feeder insects. They can also have a bit more commercial food.
Once the Tokay Gecko reaches adulthood, you can finally start feeding it once every two to three days. And since they are quite big, they can easily eat big feeder insects and small prey animals, such as pinkie mice. More than that, now it’s time to start feeding it a lot more commercial diet food.
Some of the insects that they love eating are dubia roaches, hornworms, black soldier fly larvae, superworms, crickets, silkworms, and other roaches. As for treats, you can feed them waxworms, butterworms, and mealworms two or three times a week.