Tokay Geckos are known as the second-largest species of geckos in the whole world. And their big size also comes with an unpredictable temperament and a few anger issues. But their extremely beautiful construction makes them one of the most popular pet geckos in the world.
It’s ideal to start with a tame gecko before taking on this little devil as your pet. It takes a lot of patience and training to tame this beauty but it’s all worth it in the end. In this article, we’ll talk about what can a Tokay Gecko eat and what foods it hates.
Can Tokay Geckos Eat Fruit?
Tokay Geckos are created as insectivores, which means they thrive on a varied diet of insect prey. However, captive Tokay Geckos also love to relish some fruit baby foods. But you need to be very careful when feeding them fruit. Never cut the fruit in big chunks and leave it there for the gecko to eat. This is a big choking hazard.
The best way to feed fruit to your Tokay Gecko is by getting fruit-flavored baby food and some fruits. This includes papaya, bananas, mango, and other tropical fruits. You should cut a very tiny piece of actual fruit and make it a paste along with a teaspoon of fruit-flavored baby food. This mix can be fed to the gecko on a flat plate so it can lick the treat a bit easier.
In the wilderness, Tokay Geckos get their fruit from the oddest places and they don’t eat too much, this means that you should only feed a gecko around 1 teaspoon of baby food a week. Maybe two teaspoons if you’re trying to train the gecko.
What Other Foods Can You Feed Them
As mentioned before, Tokay Geckos thrive on a wide range of insects. This includes crickets, dubia roaches, superworms, silkworms, etc. It’s important for their diet to be as varied as possible so the gecko won’t get bored of the same food over and over again.
Besides these insects, there are also a few other foods that your Tokay Gecko will most likely love. You should keep in mind that Tokay Geckos are some of the few species of geckos that can eat a pinkie mouse without any issues. This is because the rule of thumb is for the food to always be smaller than the space between the gecko’s eyes. These geckos also only eat live prey so be careful with the mice.
A good source of protein is eggs, and the Tokay Gecko actually loves them. But since they are so high in carbohydrates, you can only feed a few pieces of an egg once every two weeks. You can prepare them however you want as long as you don’t add anything to them. This includes oil, condiments, etc. The shells of the eggs can scratch them internally so only feed the peeled egg.
Besides food, you should always make sure the gecko has access to clean water every single day, regardless if you see it drinking or not.